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  • Greetings!!!!!! I am very excited to be a part of the Meadowbrook Elementary School Community. I have been with Meadowbrook as a School Counselor since January 2015. Prior to this I was a Lead Behavior Analyst at the Minnesota Autism Center. I have an Master of Arts degree in counseling from Adler Graduate School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. I am a member of the  American School Counselor Association and the Minnesota School Counselors Association.

    On a personal note- I am married with 2 children, a 4 year old girl (Lillian) and an 8 month old girl (Aurora). I enjoy traveling, reading, zumba and spending time with friends and family. 

    • What Do School Counselors Do?

      Elementary School Counselors provide a variety of functions. The following is a list of the major responsibilities......

      1. Classroom Guidance Lessons

      2. Group Counseling/Support (New Student, Friendship, Social Skills, Family Change/Divorce, Grief)

      3. Individual Counseling/Support

      4. Conflict Resolution/Mediation

      5. Consultation with teachers

      6. Respond to parent concerns

      7. 504 Site Facilitator

      8. Special Education Support

      9. PBIS team

      10. School Testing Coordinator

      11. Miscellaneous Tasks.....

      For more information on what Elementary School Counselors do visit:
      https://www.schoolcounselor.org/

      • I have an assistant to help me teach our Kindergarteners! His name is "I-Care Cat!"


        Together, I-Care Cat and I teach the kids about listening to each other, using their hands for helping, using I-Care language, caring about each other's feelings, and being responsible!

        • I enjoy teaching the first grade students about how to be kind to one another, to respect themselves and to persevere when things get tough! Here are some of my favorite books that I base my lessons off of:

          • I focus on building self-esteem with our second graders! I believe that if students feel good about who they are, they will be kind to others!


            • Take the "practice MCA quiz!"


              http://quizizz.com/admin/quiz/570abb1d1e90d90c4b742c31

              • My favorite lesson in 4th grade is about Kindness being like a boomerang...it always comes back to you! Here is a video that illustrates this:

                • Find out your conflict-resolution style by taking this quiz: 

                  http://academic.engr.arizona.edu/vjohnson/ConflictManagementQuestionnaire/ConflictManagementQuestionnaire.asp

                   

                  • Read/Listen: http://tinyurl.com/MentalHealthAnxiety

                    • Normal Anxiety

                    • Anxiety Disorders

                    • What To Do


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                    • Regular Sadness vs. Depression

                    • Signs of Depression

                    • What Helps Depression Get Better



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