Welcome to BBES! This is my third year at our wonderful Bill Brown Elementary School. It is my 22nd "Welcome Back to School" year.
As the school counselor, I’m available to assist you and your child when their behavior or emotions are affecting their academic or social performance in school. It is my goal to help students feel that school is a safe place where they can learn, belong, and be successful. I continue to serve as the LPAC Campus Chair and assist Dr. Mac and Dr. Langford with the other campus coordinating and administrative roles.
Throughout the school year, I will conduct classroom guidance lessons on ways to be successful at school, home, with friends, and in the community. I think guidance lessons are the foundation to building a positive working relationship with students and best part of my job! Look for a parent guidance note that goes home after each lesson. You are always welcome to see the materials and books used for guidance lessons. If there is one thing I'd like students to learn, it is to know how to help themselves and know who to ask for help when needed.
In addition to classroom guidance lessons, small group or individual counseling is also available. All ongoing counseling is provided only with parent knowledge and written consent. Topics may include dealing with parent’s divorce, bullying, keeping safe, managing feelings, friendship, self-esteem, responsibility, goal setting, loss of a loved one, and other topics as needed. All groups are formed based on the need and consent from each individual student’s parent. The goal of group counseling is to provide a supportive environment to a group of children with similar needs, and whose behavior and/or emotions are affecting his/her school performance. At times, school counseling is not sufficient and an outside referral for further professional counseling may be suggested. Connections Counseling has been a valuable resource at BBES.
School counseling referrals may be requested by the teacher, parent, administrator, and/or the student. Again, all counseling is provided only with parent knowledge and consent. I do not view myself as a disciplinarian, but do at times intervene by visiting with a student to help him/her avoid an office discipline referral. Once again, I feel so fortunate to be part of the BBES staff! I look forward to getting to know your child. I hope everyone has a great start. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.