Often when I tell people I work as an elementary school counselor, they ask, "Why are there guidance counselors in elementary school? Do they begin career planning that early?" The role of counseling in grades K-4 looks different from many of our experiences in school. School Counselors at all levels focus on helping students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development, and career development. At the elementary level, I respond to student needs by spending the majority of my time focusing on the personal/social development of students, which in turn promotes academic development.
This school year, I will teach lessons in all K-4 classrooms which promote the development of positive social and academic skills. Lunch groups provide the opportunity for all students to interact with their peers and myself in a small group environment. When students require further support, I invite both teachers and parents to consult with me and determine how to best meet the student's needs.
For more information on the role of elementary school counselors, please visit the website for the American School Counseling Association at https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/careers-roles/why-elementary-school-counselors In addition, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
I look forward to a great school year!