What is a school counselor?

School counselors are certified and licensed educators with a minimum of a master's degree in school counseling, making them uniquely qualified to address all students' academic, personal/social and career development needs.

Why is there a school counselor at Ramsey?

Middle school students are characterized by rapid physical growth, curiosity about their world, and an emerging self-identity. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, I work as a team member with school staff, parents and the community to create a caring, supportive climate and atmosphere where our Ramsey students can achieve academic success.

I also help students achieve optimal personal growth, positive social skills and values, appropriate career goals, and realize their full potential to become productive, contributing members of their community and world.

The school counselor provides:

-A school guidance curriculum that includes:

  • Academic skills support.
  • Organizational, study and test-taking skills.
  • Education in understanding self and others.
  • Coping strategies.
  • Peer relationships and effective social skills.
  • Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution.
  • Career awareness, exploration and planning.

-Individual student planning that includes:

  • Goal-setting / decision-making.
  • Academic planning.
  • Career planning.
  • Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses.
  • Transition planning.

-Responsive services that include:

  • Individual and small group counseling.
  • Individual / family / school crisis intervention.
  • Peer facilitation.
  • Consultation / collaboration.
  • Referrals.