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Dear S. Christa McAuliffe Families,
I am excited to introduce myself as McAuliffe’s new school counselor. I am looking forward to working with you and your children.
A little about myself…
I am a Colorado native and could not see myself living anywhere else. I have worked in education for the past 15 years in the capacity of both teacher and school counselor. I have been working in Greeley for the past decade across town at Greeley Central High School. Although most of my experience has been with an older age group, I am excited to work with younger students to help prepare them for high school and beyond. I just celebrated my 11th anniversary to my husband who also works in our school district and together we have 3 children. Tyler and Connor attend McAuliffe and Kylie just turned 2. We love the life we have built here within the Greeley Community.
What my role at McAuliffe looks like...
It is important to me that students understand the every choice has a consequence, whether good or bad. By bringing my experience to a K-8 school, students will make this connection sooner, making the transition easier. I want students to be accountable for their actions and take responsibility for their choices.
Ways I will be working with your children…
- Classroom Lessons: I am scheduled to teach lessons in your students classroom once a month. Lessons vary by age group but may include topics such as goal setting, social responsibility, anxiety, being a good friend, decision making, career awareness and exploration, etc...
- Individual Sessions: I can meet with students to discuss any number of concerns. Students can self-refer to me by filling out an appointment request form. These will be found in the hallway outside the main office, or they can get one from their teacher. Parents and teachers can also request that I meet with a student.
- Group Counseling Sessions: I meet with groups of students for structured, scheduled group sessions that focus on a particular topic. These are created based on student need. Groups will be scheduled on a rotation so students are not missing academics at length. Parents will be notified and permission slips will be signed at that time. Parents may also recommend any student or topic if you think they would benefit from the experience.
In addition, I work with parents and outside professionals (pediatricians or therapists) to ensure that students' needs are met in the school setting. It is important the lines of communication are open between school and home to ensure the most success of our students.