What sorts of things do you do as our school counselor?
I work with students individually, in small groups and within the classroom to help support emotional and academic development. I also consult with parents and teachers on behalf of their child. If a student is struggling with certain skills related to emotional development, I will work with them to develop strategies to strengthen these skills. As a school counselor, I also provide classroom guidance lessons on various topics, such as conflict resolution, self-regulation and social-emotional learning. I want school to be a safe and happy place for our children. I think this happens through connections and relationships with others, both students and staff, so I work hard to develop positive relationships with the students and with each other. Besides the counseling part of my job, I help with the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports and the Positivity Project Initiatives.
What is a typical day like for you?
My job is different every day! I usually start off with greeting students at the front entrance. The beginning of the day can cause anxiety for some students so I try to make myself available for those who are feeling a little reluctant in the mornings. Throughout the day, I meet with students, sometimes planned and sometimes not. I might also be in classrooms providing a guidance lesson on different topics (communication, conflict resolution, etc.). As the year progresses, I meet with several small groups on various topics (self-esteem, anger management, friendship skills, social skills, etc.). I try to make the most of the school schedule. I oftentimes will have lunch with a student or groups of students. Some students come to me because they are having a conflict with a peer and lunchtime is a great time to work things out. I also consult with teachers during recess time as well as other times.
What is your favorite part of the job?
The favorite part of my job is getting to know our students. Their innocence and honesty make me laugh each and every day. They help me gain perspective on what’s important. Parents – thank you for sharing your children with us!
How can students or parents contact you if they need to talk about something or need help?
Students can come to my office (located across from the media center) and let me know they’d like to meet with me, or they can let their teacher know or write me a note and leave it in the envelope on my door. Parents can either email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), call me (919-881-4894 ext. 23196) or come and talk with me in person.
What advice do you have for Douglas parents?
Get involved! Know what your children are doing in and out of school (both academically and socially). Listen to them and ask questions. If you notice changes that concern you, don’t hesitate to reach out to me or your child’s teacher. We’re all on the same team!