What does a school counselor do?

In a K-8 school, the counselor wears many hats.  At Anne Sullivan, my job as school counselor involves three domains: Academic, Personal/Social, and Career Counseling.  In the K-5, I visit classrooms weekly to deliver classroom lessons that promote positive social skills, communication, anger management, and problem-solving.  I also take the students through a college and career unit, in which we explore all of the job possibilities awaiting them after high school and college.  I also co-facilitate prosocial groups, such as Friendship Group, with our Social Worker, Paula Nelson.  

In the Middle School, I work with students on a district iniative called My Life Plan.  Students have their own account on the Naviance College & Careers computer network;  throughout the year we take different inventories to determine interests, learning styles, and goals, and then explore colleges and careers that match the results of the inventories.  I am the High School Choice Coordinator at our school, and help our 8th grade students determine which high school to attend, navigate the application process, and help with appeals in the spring if need be.  I am the Co-Coordinator of our AVID program, as well as the RAMPP tutoring coordinator for our school.  I am the Student Council Advisor, and love working with our wonderful group of leaders within Sullivan every day.  

My job at Sullivan is to help kids to be successful in school and at school every day.  My goal is to make school an enjoyable experience for our students, so that they will come to Sullivan with a spark and a love for learning.