Welcome to the School Guidance Counselor website. Through the website I’ll try to keep you up to date on the Counseling program here at West Terrace. As I run across exciting research or a great new book, I’ll share those with you. Keep in mind I have a pretty good sized library of books that I am happy to share with you. So just stop by. Sometimes a parent is faced with an issue that just has them stumped. If that is the case, give me a call and I’ll share any info I have and will be glad to do a little research on the internet to help. If you need referral to a community agency, don’t hesitate to call or stop by. There are times during life we are faced with difficult situations such as divorce, death in the family, long term illness, unemployment. Sometimes we just don’t know where to turn and are stuck. Give me a call. I am familiar with many community agencies and the services they offer. I am a pretty good listener and maybe I can get you “unstuck”.
Let me tell you a little about the Counseling program with the children. My program is a developmental counseling program. That means I work with kids at the appropriate level. The program is proactive in that I teach children to make sound, thoughtful decisions. If we teach good decision making skills, then we’re going to have far fewer behavior problems. I visit K-2nd grade regularly and present character education-type stories often dealing with friendship, respect, honesty, cooperation, persistence etc. At the start of school I like to work on Stranger Awareness, Bus Safety, and Goal-setting. In addition to the classroom guidance, I work with children individually. Some children just need to check with me occasionally to keep on track. Other children benefit from a bi-weekly meeting. You’d be surprised……the kids know when they need to stop by and just talk for a few minutes. Many kids just visit with me a few minutes during recess and then can go on and have a very successful day. I would like to encourage you to give me a call or stop by the office if you have an issue you are dealing with. Family changes are very unsettling to children....their whole world can be turned upside down pretty quickly. If you are going through a life changing event, please call. I am happy to work with you and your children to make the transition a little smoother, a little easier.
One component of the School Counseling program that is changing is EIT....EIT stands for Educational Intervention Team. In the past we worked to brainstorm interventions to help children who struggled academically or behaviorally, EIT is a way to brainstorm interventions in the classroom to help children become successful students. You will continue to hear the term EIT used with 4th and 5th graders. Currently we are using the RTI, Response To Intervention, format to help struggling students in K-3. Under the guidance of our new School Psychologist, Kristi Wilsman, our K-3 teachers will be using research based interventions in the classroom . These students will be regularly monitored for progress. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding RTI. The process is new here in the EVSC so I am still learning about it as well.
Recently I completed a class called BASIC...that stands for Behavioral, Academic, and Social Interventions for the Classroom. In the class I used a book entitled You Can Handle Them All by DeBruyn and Larson. This is a great resource for teachers working with struggling students. It also has some great ideas for parents to implement at home. You may certainly borrow this book.
Now after all that…..you still don’t know me. Here are the facts:
I.S.U. (I forget when) BS in Special Education
MS in Special Education
About 22 years teaching in the area of Special Education
U of E (about 1993) MS in School Counseling ….. I consider myself an Adlerian Counselor. I will always talk to the students about consequences of behavior and the importance of giving back to the community. Your students may come home sometimes talking about doing community service.
So far I've been Counselor about 20 years at West Terrace.
I am married to Jack who owns and operates Mark-It-Bright Designs on Franklin Street. Our daughter Emily, her husband Brian, and grandchildren Andy, Colin, Landon, Kayla and Johnny live in Centreville, Virginia.(that's a long way away, people) And I have to tell you…I am an animal lover. A great deal of my spare time is spent making sure Big Charlie, my 100 pound Basset, is well cared for!! So that’s me. I look forward to getting to know each of you. Please don't hesitate to give me a call. If I don't an answer for your concern, I will work with you to help find answers.
Free Printable Cut and Color Leveled Reader Booklets
National Center on Response to Intervention
Fry Word List (this is a very good source)
Instant Online Crossword Puzzle Maker
Working elearning A-Z
Dolch Sight Words for Elementary Grades
www.actsofkindness.org kindness activities for home, school and community.
Tips on effective discipline.
Early childhood memory hints.
www.mcgruff.org helpful hints regarding teasing at school.
Math Facts Cafe
School Express. A game a day.
Animal Myths and Legends
Billy Bear's Playground
Spelling from Harcourt School Publishers
Primary Games in Reading
Free Math Worksheets ( ADHD, English, Science)
Ideas for helping students with learning difficulties
An excellent reading guide with interventions that work.
Just what it says….stuff for kids….a to z
We’re all reading teachers
All kinds of information for children
Helpful hints as you work with your children at home.