Hello and welcome!
Last year was my first year at the Lyme School as school counselor/student life coordinator, and I can’t imagine a better place to work!
A little about me: My husband Kevin and I currently live in Lyme with our daughter, Norah (born June 2019), and enjoy all things outdoors. We love hiking, all modalities of biking, nordic skiing, triathlons, and sometimes, we even relax! Looking forward to sharing these fun activities with our little one.
At Lyme, we believe that supporting students is a team effort. Teachers, school counselor, behavior coach, specialists, administration are all dedicated to ensuring that students are getting what they need to be successful in school. Please feel free to reach out to me or any staff member for support.
Here is a little about what we will do during my time with students in the classroom: Taking a developmental approach, the Lyme School’s school counseling program is for all students, Kindergarten through 8th grade. The program’s curriculum is developmentally appropriate, it is an integrated part of the educational process, it involves all educators, and most importantly, it is in place to help students learn and play more effectively.
I will be meeting in the classroom with grades K-5th during the 8-day rotation throughout the year during “Stanton Time”. For middle school students, Mrs. Damren (physical education/health) and I will be team-teaching a program focusing on adolescent health. My goals for all classroom lessons are that I am providing students with relevant and engaging material and that we are maintaining a positive culture and community that will expand outside of the classroom.
Some of the topics that the Lyme School staff and I will be addressing and exploring with students include:
● Respecting self, others and celebrating differences
● Developing positive self-concept (Growth Mindset)
● Understanding attitudes, feelings, and behavior (self-regulation)
● Decision-making and problem-solving
● Personal safety
● Interpersonal and communication skills
● Conflict Resolution/friendship
● School success skills/goal-setting
● Exploring the world of work and post-secondary education
For more targeted interventions, I will also be available to provide individual and group support per teacher and parent collaboration/permission. Though school counselors do not provide long-term therapy, I can certainly share referrals and resources to connect your family with community support if needed.
I am looking forward to a great year of learning and growing with your student(s)! If you have any questions or input concerning the school counseling program and/or your student(s), please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to listen and support students and their families the best that I can. Hope everyone has a GREAT year!