Message from the Grant School Guidance Counselor
Here, you can find information about our school guidance counseling program, upcoming counseling-related activities and events, and counseling topics and resources. I have over 25 years of experience being a school guidance counselor. I’m also a licensed marriage and family therapist. I have supervised school counseling graduate volunteers who have assisted me in running the lunchtime support groups and facilitating college/career lessons in the classrooms. I am honored to be your child’s guidance counselor and I look forward to building a partnership with you in helping your child be successful at Grant Elementary School!
PPS School Counselor
LMFT # 86224
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Office: Main hallway
Phone (530)243-0561 Ext. 153
Goals and Beliefs of the School Guidance Counselor:
- Promote positive development in the academic, career, and personal/social domains of ALL students at Grant Elementary School.
- Foster a school environment of safety, support, and positive learning.
- Enable teachers, parents, and administrators to work together for the best interest of the students.
- Create caring individuals who leave the school with the desire to help others and make a difference in the world.
- Support the value that every student has the right to be respected and to benefit from the guidance counseling program.
As a school guidance counselor, I perform the following roles in order to promote positive development in academic, career, and personal/social domains:
- Individual counseling.
- Small group support—Lunch Bunch/Friendship/DC4Kids.
- Classroom guidance—Second Step and college/career guidance.
- Attend and participate in academic intervention meetings.
- Observe students in various school environments.
- Consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, social workers, and students.
- Respond to school crises or emergency situations.
- Provide information and resources to parents on a variety of issues.
Please take a moment to read the information on this page to learn more about what your school guidance counselor is doing at Grant Elementary School.
Reasons PARENTS might want to talk to a school guidance counselor:
- “Isabella is so disorganized.”
- “Bobby does not want to go to school.”
- ‘There are changes I see in Juan. Is this normal?”
- “Lee said she is being picked on at recess.”
- “Sue says she has no friends.”
- “Sonya is having a difficult time sleeping at night.”
- “Can you talk to Anna about college and career planning?”
- “I’m worried about Trevor because…”
Reasons TEACHERS or ADMINISTRATORS might want to talk to a school guidance counselor:
- “I need help teaching my students to work cooperatively in groups.”
- “Kevin is absent a lot.”
- “Sara has a hard time paying attention and is disorganized.”
- “Rumor-spreading is interfering with class time.”
- “Sammy cannot sit still.”
- “Something has changed with Gina. Can you talk with her?”
Reasons a STUDENT might want to talk to a school guidance counselor:
- “I’m being teased a lot.”
- “No one will play with me at recess.”
- “There is a club at recess and they won’t let me in it.”
- “My parents might be getting a divorce and I can’t stop thinking about it.”
- “My dog died and I miss him.”
- “My best friend is playing with someone else.”
- “He/she just ignores me and is mean to me.”
- “The bus is so noisy; I don’t want to ride on it.”
- “I don’t like to eat in the cafeteria.”
Great Website Resources for Parents:
Transitioning to Middle School
- Grant Guidance Counseling Brochure
- Counseling Permission Slip
- Lunchtime Groups Permission Slip
- Second Step Parent Information