School Counselors help children by . . .
- Promoting positive attitudes among students toward self, family, peers and community.
- Assisting students in learning how school performance relates to future opportunities.
- Developing and delivering classroom guidance lessons that teach skills such as health decision making, resolving conflicts and respecting others.
- Working collaboratively with students, parents and teachers to identify and remove barriers to learning.
- Supporting students by teaching skills for achieving success.
- Helping students to recognize and make the best of their abilities.
- Counseling with students individually and in groups.
- Providing support during personal crisis.
- Orienting new students.
Counselors are the heart of the school by . . .
- Helping create a safe school environment where children can learn.
- Working with students on attendance issues.
- Coordinating referrals to outside agencies.
- Helping design interventions to enhance student success.
- Helping teachers create a positive learning environment.
- Helping students learn anger management, conflict resolution, and mediation skills.
- Helping parents, teachers, administrators in learning how to meet the needs of all students.
School Counselors Can Help in Many Situations
- “My parents are getting a divorce. I don’t know what’s going to happen.
- ” I’m new here and I’m having trouble making friends.”
- “I have a lot of difficulty dealing with my stepchild.”
- “Fred scores high on standardized tests but hardly makes passing grades in school.”
- “Karen always tells me she doesn’t have homework, but I found out she isn’t doing it.”
- “I need some ideas for helping students to get along with each other.”
- “Bill hasn’t been himself lately. He seems to preoccupied with something.”
- “I have a bad temper and need to learn how to control it.”
- “Mary has been absent from school an awful lot this year.”
- “My dad gets so angry when he’s been drinking.”
I am delighted to be here at Monroe Elementary. I have been a counselor both in a Junior High and Elementary setting for more than 25 years. Most of my classroom work has been in nongraded primary grades. I received my education in Texas at the University of Dallas and Our Lady of the Lake University. I have worked in Texas, Louisiana and Colorado. My husband, my dog, cat and I are here to stay in Colorado. We hope to get to the mountains as much as possible. I enjoy reading, genealogy, gardening and learning new things. I hope to be a resource for you as I follow the guidelines described. Although I may not have all the answers, I will make every effort to assist in finding best practices for our students and their needs.
Thank you for the warm welcome I have received from all of you.