I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am Garden Valley’s Part time School Counselor. I am on site Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I started at Garden Valley in August 2018. My involvement with the students takes place in several ways. One function of a school counselor is to implement whole-school prevention programs, such as bully prevention education, Character education, drug and alcohol awareness, and career education. These lessons generally take place in the classroom or a school assembly. I visit the Tk and Kinder classrooms weekly using Second Step Curriculum.
Another function of the counselor is to facilitate student groups. Groups usually consist of 4-6 students that meet with the counselor weekly. Each group is usually focused on one topic such as grief, social skills, friends, self-control, building leaders, or coping with family changes.
Our most popular groups are the “lunch bunch” or “friendship groups”. These groups are great for any student, including, students that have difficulty making friends, those that enjoy small groups, children that can serve as role models, and new students. In these groups we play games and work on important social skills, such as, taking turns, active listening, communication, and assertiveness.
All students have the opportunity to meet with me, as needed. Students are instructed to leave me a note and I will schedule with their teacher to meet with them. In addition, I also meet individually with students whom would benefit from (weekly/ bi-weekly) counseling.
Lastly, I am available to meet with parents. I regularly attend SST meetings and can attend parent-teacher conferences. As needed, I can meet with parents individually to discuss specific concerns or to serve as a liaison for families needing community resources.
Please feel free to contact me at (916) 566-3460 ext. 21315 if you have any questions or concerns.