Washington Irving

Counselors Corner 2020-2021

What does a school counselor do?

If you are still not completely sure about what a school counselor does, never fear! Here is a few things to get you acquainted with school counseling...

School counselors are highly trained and support students in many ways in addition to the old idea of "guiding" students for academic purposes only. School counselors focus on all aspects of our students that are clumped into three main areas: Social/emotional; academic; and career and college planning. School counselors can provide emotional support, family intervention, social development, provide academic tools for success, and help students plan for their future.

School counselors make a positive impact in the lives of students. Washington Irving has an amazing comprehensive school counseling program and we continue to strive to make sure that students are experiencing:

  • improved behavior
  • weekly SEAL(Social Emotional Academic Learning) lessons via digitally or in specials
  • improved social awareness
  • access to resources at home and school
  • improved academic outcomes
  • reduced racial disparities
  • higher graduation rates
  • improved preparation for adulthood

If you as a caretaker have a concern about your student, we are here to collaborate with you and provide assistance to making your student's school career successful.

Contact us

Lacy Huffman



Janessa Bointy



What programs are we using at WI??

Our school is a great expectations model school! Great expectations is utilized in each classroom and throughout our building.

We are a TBRI pilot school for the second year running. We are lucky to have three TBRI practitioners in our building. Mrs. Frank, Mrs. Huffman, and Mrs. Speegle. TBRI stands for trust based relational intervention. If you would like to know more about TBRI please click on the link below!

We are a Social Thinking Curriculum pilot school for the second year running. We use social thinking within the classroom, as well as in our Tier 2 and Tier 3 behavior groups.

We use Sanford Harmony in our SEAL lessons and are lucky enough to have Mrs. Bointy in our building this year who is a 2020 Sanford Teacher Award Winner. Sanford Harmony is a social emotional learning program for Pre-K-6th grade students designed to foster intergender communication and understanding, connection, and community both in and outside the classroom and develop boys and girls into compassionate and caring adults.

Social emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which boys and girls and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for being a healthy adult. This includes problem-solving skills and intergender communication and understanding, as well as teaching kids to embrace diversity and build healthy relationships that will last well into adulthood.

We also utilize Conscious discipline throughout our building. We have provided a video of our main conflict resolution technique, which is called the time machine.

The video highlights the students starting in the right frame of mind, acknowledging that they are willing to work it out, taking a breath, wishing one another well, and then stating the problem, what needs to change in the future, and allows both participants to have a turn to speak.

If you would like to know more about Conscious Discipline please click the link below!

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Demonstrating the time machine
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