Peer Counseling


Welcome! This is my second year teaching at Ridgewood High School. I have a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a background in Human Resource Management. I enjoyed my first year of teaching and glad to be back! I am also the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Adviser and Class Sponsor for the Class of 2019. I am looking forward to an exciting year! Go RAMS!
The best way to reach me is by e-mail. However, if you would like to speak with me directly, I can be reached during my planning period between 10:24 and 11:15 am @ 727-774-3816.
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Students who are struggling with any concept within the eSchool Peer Counseling curriculum are encouraged to message Mrs. Resto through Canvas, FLVS, or email to obtain feedback or ask questions as these sites are monitored continually.

Students who are struggling with any of the peer mentoring aspects, please arrange to see Mrs. Leary. If she is unavailable, you may also see Mrs. Resto and I will communicate your concerns.


The online Peer Counseling curriculum is designed with the purpose of giving peer mentors the leadership tools to help students of all backgrounds succeed.

This online curriculum is divided into five modules or units: Believe, See, Achieve, Grow, and Fly. You will notice the superheroes change as you move through the course. Just as the superheroes grow and change, so will you!

As a RAMS mentor, students will be placed in a classroom to help the teacher and students throughout the school year. This course is designed to provide the students with leadership skills that are essential in the work field. Learning to work with staff and students alike is a key objective of this course.


Four days a week you will be working in assigned classrooms mentoring students. On a weekly basis you will meet with Mrs. Resto regarding the curriculum assigned to this course. Please see the pace chart that is recommended for timely completion. By the time we meet on Fridays, you should have completed that weekly module.


Assignments/Assessments - Assignments will consist of online curriculum and teacher generated assignments that will demonstrate the student's comprehension of the material. Assessments will consist of individual/group projects, presentations and written tests/quizzes meant to demonstrate knowledge of concepts and/or skills learned.

Participation/Work Ethic - Daily participation will involve student/teacher evaluation and will include in-class/online discussions and completing journal assignments. Mentors will be graded on contributions to the classroom and effectiveness when dealing with students. Evaluation sheets will be completed by the assigned teacher and will be based on periodic assessments and observations throughout the school year.

Extra Credit - No extra credit will be available, however, all after school mentor activities will be awarded community service points.


Mentors will need to be prepared with paper, pens/pencils, (calculator - if in a math or science class) and the class textbook. Each Mentor will be assigned a textbook from their designated class so that he/she can follow along and make notes throughout the class.


  • Accepted applicants should attend summer training.
  • All students must be willing to be actively involved in the program.
  • All mentors must set a good example for all incoming freshman by following all rules as outline by Ridgewood High School and county expectations. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct found in the student planner.
  • All mentors are to act as examples and provide help and support to the teacher and students in the classroom in which they have been assigned.
  • All mentors will report to the assigned classroom 4 days/week. Mentors will meet with Mrs. Resto 1/week for class meetings, such as DBAs, Enrichment Activities, etc.
  • You should not be asked to spend the period grading papers for your assigned teacher.
  • Mentor responsibilities include mentoring students, tutoring help, aide in demonstrations or labs, etc.
  • Students should be sensitive to the needs of the program participants and have superior organizational and coordinating skills.
  • Focus on the needs of the students and display good listening skills.
  • Model and foster caring and supportive relationships to increase self confidence, awareness and management of behavior.
  • Recognize when a student may need extra help, whether it is socially or academically.
  • Be able to relate positively in a supportive, non-judgmental manner.
  • Students should always carry their Student ID and Peer Mentor badge.
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Mentors are required to sign in at the Student Success Center before going to assigned classes. This will not excuse the student from being on time, but it can be discussed with the classroom teacher if this doubles a student's normal travel.


  • Be present, on time, and have all materials.
  • Show respect to your peers and instructor.
  • Do all assigned readings and other assignments.
  • Participate in class.
  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Follow all established school and district rules.
  • Failure to adhere to these rules will result in consequences.


1st – Warning

2nd – Phone call/Email Home

3rd – Lunch Detention

4th – Referral


Learn It Online: Learn It Online is a series of online exercises that test students’ knowledge of chapter content and key terms.

Apply Your Knowledge: Apply Your Knowledge is an assignment that helps students reinforce their skills and apply the concepts learned in a chapter.

Enrichment Activities: Enrichment activities are assignments that challenge students to extend the skills learned in a chapter and to experiment with new skills. Students may need to collaborate with other students to complete the assignment.

In the Lab (Classroom): In the Lab students will meet weekly in a face-to-face environment for academic supports. If a student cannot attend on assigned day, student must make an appointment to meet with the teacher in order to complete the weekly task.


Please complete this information form so I may have appropriate contact information and learn more about how I can help your child to be successful.


Please complete this form with your child to show that you have each reviewed this syllabus and understand what is required of you.
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