Degrees and Certifications:
Well, hello there!
My name is Michelle Mawhiney. You may have also heard your student refer to me as Miss M or Miss Michelle. This school year I was incredibly fortunate to be added to the Stratton family as the Comprehensive Student Support Model (CSSM) school counselor. I can not express how happy I am to work with the Stratton students, families, and staff, and how welcomed and connected I feel in such a short time.
When people ask where I am from I claim California as my "home". However, my father, my husband, and I all served in the Air Force so I moved a total of 22 times before settling in our current home. My husband, Will, and I have been married for 26 years. We have two incredible kids, Jaxon and Logan, and the very best furry best friend, Jet. I received my B.A. in Biology from UCCS and I completed a M.A. in School Counseling and a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health from University of Northern Colorado. My favorite things to do are traveling and spending unstructured down time with my family. Sadly, now that our boys can drive, that doesn't happen nearly often enough anymore!
Stratton is my first full-time school counseling position. My counseling philosophy is student-centered and solution focused. I am passionate about creating a comprehensive counseling program based on the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Model and the Strengths-Based School Counseling framework that addresses the academic, career, and personal/social-emotional development of all students.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be a support to you or you student. I genuinely look forward to getting to know each of our students and their families!
Please see my resources page for
- information on talking with your kids about COVID-19
- social-emotional lessons and activities to do at home
- links to additional information and supports for students and guardians
Distance Learning Contact Information
In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 all D11 schools will be participating in Distance Learning until April 17, 2020. During this time I will be available via phone and email from 8am - 3pm, Monday through Friday. If you are contacting me outside of this time frame you can expect a response within 1 business day.
If you have concerns about the health or safety of yourself or a student, here are several resources:
- If you or someone you know is in immediate danger or needs medical attention, call 911.
- If you have concerns you wish to report anonymously, contact Safe2Tell at 1-877-542-7233 or visit their website: https://safe2tell.org/
- Colorado Crisis Services provides free, confidential, professional and immediate support for any mental health, substance use or emotional concern, 24/7/365. Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. https://coloradocrisisservices.org/