As your school counselor, I work with students, teachers, staff, families, and members of the community. My goal is to help create a positive, connected, learning community where all students feel valued, heard, understood, and safe. When we strive to create an environment that allows students to take risks, set goals, celebrate and learn from mistakes made in pursuit of new ideas, share experiences with peers and practice communication, conflict resolution, empathy, and gratitude then personal empowerment and self-worth take off. Let’s work together to see our students soar to new heights.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Bryker Woods’ philosophy is to teach the “whole child.” One way in doing that, is that over the course of the school year, your child’s teacher will present SEL lessons, using Second Step curriculum and other appropriate resources, to directly teach and foster the development of empathy, managing emotions, understanding self and others, conflict resolution and problem solving. As SEL facilitator, counselors partner with teachers and administration to help develop these fundamental skills into the fabric of our school culture.
What is the role of a school counselor?
The role of the school counselor is to help all student at their local campus to fully develop academic, career, personal, social and emotional abilities. The counselor is an educator who delivers a comprehensive guidance program in the school as recommended by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
Why contact a school counselor?
To assist a student or family with:
- Transition to a new school
- Family transitions (divorce, remarriage, siblings, death etc.)
- Crisis situations
- Personal needs or concerns of students (friendship, illness, stress/anxiety/worry etc.)
- Academic achievement concerns
- Middle school transition
All students receive services through regular scheduled classroom guidance lessons. Topics and content may include lessons on:
- Self-awareness and acceptance
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Conflict resolution
- Emotional recognition and regulation
- Growth mindset
- Decision making/problem solving
- Career and academic planning
School counselors assist students with any immediate personal concerns, crisis or event that is causing stress in the academic environment. Short term (4-6 sessions) counseling can be provided one-on-one or in small groups. If additional support is needed outside referrals are available. Counselors are also available to parents and teachers for student support consultation.