I have been teaching for 7 years primarily in elementary schools in general and special education. Through those 7 years I have fostered positive, strong relationships with students and families to provide support and advocate for student need. Here at Vern Patrick, I will be doing many of those same things. Student Services is a mouthful, but it basically means that I will be available to foster and help students, staff, families, and community partnerships to best serve our school community here at Vern Patrick.
I am a Central Oregon Native, growing up in Prineville where I attended Kindergarten through 12th grade. After high school, I went Oregon State for my Bachelor’s and Pacific University for my Masters in Teaching.
I am excited to be apart of the Panther Cub Family to support our kids and families.
What does the School Student Services/Counselor do?
As a Student Services/Counselor, my job is to support students academically, emotionally, and socially so that they can succeed in school. I accomplish this through many different tasks:
- Guidance Lessons: Every Week, I teach guidance lessons to grades 1 through 5 for approximately 30-40 minutes. The focus of these guidance lesson is social emotional growth lesson from Redmond School District adopted curriculum.
- Small Groups: Occasionally, I hold groups, depending on the needs of the school. Groups could focus on community building, social skills, attendance support, divorce support and grief.
- Individual Sessions: The teachers in our school are very skilled at helping students overcome most problems within the classroom. However, every once in awhile a student might need more one-on-one attention to help them solve a problem or accomplish a certain task. I might support students in their classroom or in my office. Individual interventions are usually short term in nature. If a student has long term needs, I can help connect parents to outside agencies for further assistance.
- Student Support Team meetings: Every week, I help to facilitate an interdisciplinary Student Support Team (made up of the counselor, principal, school psychologist, nurse, teachers, etc.) that pulls together to determine the best interventions for students who are struggling.