Though school is closed, I can still be reached by calling my office number: 717-704-3800 X4237
If I don't pick up, please leave me a message and I will return your call.
I received my Master's in School Counseling in 2013 and then spent four years working for Pressley Ridge as a school-based therapist before taking on the role of School Counselor for the Steelton-Highspire School District.
My hope is that students will have a positive educational experience at Steelton-Highspire and that they will be ready for college and/or a career when they graduate.
So what does a school counselor do, you may wonder?
I teach classroom lessons on things like developing a Growth Mindset, how to recognize emotions and learn to cope with the difficult ones, understanding and accepting what they can/can't control, and how to resolve problems in life.
I also bring in speakers from the community to teach lessons. These have included speakers from the Salvation Army, the Neighborhood Center, and Jr. Achievement.
I facilitate Group Counseling to address Social Emotional Learning, sometimes focusing on such things as Grief & Loss and Bullying.
I meet with students when they are having a problem and need someone to talk to.
I help students resolve peer conflicts.
I work with teachers and staff (as well as parents) to help students be successful.
I am always open to listening to parents, teachers, and students. Don't be afraid to contact me.
Check out these websites:
Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
Books that Heal Kids is a blog by a school counselor who provides suggestions for books on a whole host of topics. Parents and teachers will find lots of resources here. http://booksthathealkids.blogspot.com/
Parenting with Love & Logic has a wonderful blog filled with topics from chores to homework to parenting a defiant child. Lots of great advice!!! https://www.loveandlogic.com/
JusTme is a website with resources from a mindful hip-hop artist who works with kids in California. http://www.yomind.com/justme
How to Talk to Kids About Anything is a podcast that adults will find helpful when discussing a wide range of topics with kids, some that can be difficult or even downright embarrassing. https://drrobynsilverman.com/
Stop, Breathe & Think is a mindfulness app for your phone. It allows users to check in with their emotions and recommends short guided meditations. It's good for both adults and kids. You can also get free meditations on their website https://www.stopbreathethink.com/