Professional School Counselor
- M.Ed. in School Counseling
- Certified in National Teaching Board of Professional Standards – School Counseling.
- B.S. in Elementary Education from Florida State University, M.Ed. in School Counseling from Florida Atlantic University
- 21 years experience as school counselor at elementary, middle, and high school levels
- Prior employment: 9 years Elementary School Teacher
Brief individual crisis counseling. If more intensive therapy is needed, assistance will be given parent for referral to private agency or counselor. Lake County School Board has a contractual agreement with Lifestream Behavioral Center – Children’s Clinical On-Site Therapy Program and Childen's Home Society for services. Children are seen by the therapist on the school campus after a treatment agreement is obtained from the parent.
Group counseling is provided during the student’s lunch time for issues such as friendship, self-esteem, divorce and social skills.
Mike Barnett, Children’s Bereavement Counselor with Cornerstone Hospice of Lake and Sumter Counties provides bereavement group counseling on the school campus upon need.
Middle School Mentorship Program: In the sixth grade, we have begun a mentoring program this year pairing select students with positive role models who are teachers and staff on the sixth grade team. Reasons for referral may be: low self-esteem, poor academic success, situational problems or just the need for a positive adult relationship.
Classroom Guidance: school counselors will go into classrooms to deliver character development lessons. We are using the Medal of Honor program that will focus on such characteristics as courage, integrity , sacrifice, citizenship, and patriotism.
Response to Intervention (MTSS) : state mandated remediation services to students who are below grade level or having behavioral problems that interfere with academic success. RTI team is comprised of the Literacy Coach, Curriculum Resource Teacher, School Psychologist, Classroom Teacher, and School Counselor. This team meets on a regular basis with teachers to discuss students in need. Intensive remediation is determined by data such as standardized tests,STAR Reading & Math, and grades. The intervention services are monitored regularly for the response to the instruction. Only after all appropriate interventions have been tried without success, is the student referred to determine if special education placement is necessary.