Margaret Bone-Hartzler

    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.


  •  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.”