Connecting with the Counselors

A Communication from Robinson Elementary's Counseling Team

October 3,, 2021

Good Evening,


We hope the arrival of October has you excited about the fall weather to come and the change of seasons.


On Friday of last week we met as a school team for professional development, which included some team building. One of the team building activities was Understanding Preferences in Group Work. The entire excercise can be found in the link below, but this included a step of us choosing one of 4 "compass points" which best describes how we function in the work place. Due to scheduling our whole counseling team did not participate, but those of us who did fell in the South group. This preference type is described as Caring-- likes to know that everyone's feelings have been taken into consideration and that their voices have been heard before acting. Does this sound like a counselor's role or what? We were not alone in this group, however, and this group(the largest) was full of educators from every capacity in our building. What we all agreed on is no matter which compass point an individual aligns with, all are needed to educate our kids, everyday.

Each compass point brings a specific area of knowledge to our kids. They are:

The North: Teach our children a complete curriculum

The East: Teach our children big concepts.

The West: Teach detailed concepts to our children.

The South: Teach our children with strong relationships and care.


As we said, all parts of the compass are valued and many of us have all four as part of who we are--depending on the situation. We are so fortunate to have the educators we have at Robinson and we are also very lucky to have the kids we get to work with each day. Thank you for sharing your children with us.

Please continue to reach out if we can be helpful. All of our contact information can be found at the end of this communication.


If you missed last week's communication, you can access it from this link:

https://www.smore.com/wd7uz


Have an fabulous first week of fall!

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Contact Information for 2021-22 School Year

ROBINSON COUNSELING TEAM


Indria Harris

School Counselor, preK-2nd grade

Indria.harris@kirkwoodschools.org

314-213-6100, ext. 4061


Julie Cohen

School Counselor, 3rd-5th grade

julie.cohen@kirkwoodschools.org

314-213-6100, ext. 4470


Tonya Ampey-Elong

Social Worker, KSD

tonya.ampey@kirkwoodschools.org

314-213-6100, ext. 4042

*At Robinson on Mondays and Wednesdays


Ana Shields

Educational Support Counselor

ana.shields@kirkwoodschools.org

314-213-6100, ext. 4065

*At Robinson all day Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday's until noon