Meet the Counselor!

Notes about the Counselor/Behavior Specialist at North

Hello!

If you're wanting to know more about "Counselor/Behavior Specialist" at North, you've come to the right place! This newsletter will give you information about myself as a person, a professional, and the role I play at North Elementary.

Personal

Here are a few bits of information about me: I am a wife (to my high school sweetheart). I am a mommy (to the sweetest boy and baby #2 coming in November). Things I get real excited about: family, fitness & health, food, kids, coffee, faith. Things I get real upset about: social injustices, waiting in traffic, cruelty.

Professional

In December of 2007, I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan with a bachelor's degree in psychology. My first taste of the working world was as a home-based and school-based child and adolescent case manager for a community mental health agency in West Lafayette, IN. After two years in this position, I enrolled as a full time graduate student pursuing a masters degree in counseling at Indiana Wesleyan. Throughout my time as a graduate student, I also worked as a habilitation provider for children and adolescents participating in a wraparound grant in the state of Indiana (Community Alternatives to Psychiatric Residential Treatment). With masters degree in hand, I began full time work for Midtown Community Mental Health Center (Wishard/Escenazi Health Services) as an outpatient therapist for children and adolescents. My next place of employment is what I like to call home to this day: North Elementary as "Counselor/Behavior Specialist"!!


Professional areas of interest: trauma-informed care, crisis intervention, SW-PBIS (School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports), character education, evidence-based practices for behavior modification, neuroscience & mindsets in education.

My Role

The question is frequently raised "What does an elementary counselor do anyway? You do warm/fuzzy "be nice to others" type stuff, right?". If you're wondering the same thing, below is a condensed list of some of the ways I serve and support our students in my role as school counselor/behavior specialist:


-create, implement, and maintain school-wide positive behavior programming founded on three life skills of respect, responsibility, and safety (involves leading a team of staffers that meets regularly, facilitating quarterly school-wide incentives, monitoring student behavioral data, monthly classroom character lessons),

-teach weekly social skills to kindergarten classes,

-provide behavioral supports to students as needed (facilitate weekly small group supports, create and maintain individual behavioral interventions and supports),

-provide crisis intervention for students, if needed,

-participate in school's data team to monitor students' academic progress,

-regular communication and meetings with parents and staff,

-facilitate North's annual holiday help program,

-most of all, LOVE LOVE LOVE the students of North Elementary!!


All of these tasks (and so much more) are done in an effort to facilitate the social/emotional, behavioral, and academic growth of the students of North Elementary. (For more information on these student supports, click link below.)

Together!

Now that you know a little more about me and the role I play at North, will you join me in supporting the growth and success of students in Danville Schools? Whether your a parent, community member, staff person, etc., you are invited to join in these efforts through participation and reinforcement at home as well as sending feedback on current programs and supports. Joining together is the most efficient and effective way to support the growth and success of our students. Let's do this!