Ms. Christy's Contact Information
Hi Brown Bears' family!
I feel so blessed to be a part of the Brown Bears' family!
I want to share a little about myself with you. I am an only child who was raised by my Nannie, my grandmother, after losing my mother to cancer when I was seven years old. After my mother passed, it was basically my Nannie and me facing the world together. We were a great team! She was definitely my greatest influence growing up, and I am who I am today because of her support, wisdom, guidance, sometimes tough love, and unconditional love. Her example showed me that life isn't always easy and/or fair. But, we have to keep going and pursuing our dreams, always giving more than we receive, and never giving up. There were many times in my life that felt out of control, unfair, and challenging. However, I did not let those times determine the rest of my life. I love how Carl Jung put it. He said it this way, "I am not what has happened to me. I am what I chose to become."
I am a small town girl who grew up in Central City (Muhlenberg County), Kentucky, home of the Everly Brothers. I graduated from Muhlenberg Central High School with a senior class of less than 100 students, very similar to Brown. Everyone knew everyone, and we considered each other family. Upon graduation from high school, I attended Western Kentucky University (WKU) and earned my Bachelor's Degree in chemistry and biology, in addition to my teaching certificate. As a high school chemistry/biology teacher, I pursued my Master's Degree in School Counseling, also from WKU. In 2001, I accepted a high school counseling position in Kenton County Schools, continuing my career there for the next six years. In an effort to move closer to my family, I accepted the high school counseling position in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) at duPont Manual High School. While working at Manual, I earned my Rank I in Educational Leadership and principal's certification from Indiana University Southwest (IUS). In an effort to broaden my experience of working with children of various ages, I accepted the school counseling position at Brandeis Elementary. In 2016, I was offered the elementary counseling position at the J. Graham Brown School, and I enthusiastically accepted. This is my 18th year as a school counselor, with experience working with students in grades K-12.
I am so extremely honored to be a part of the J. Graham Brown School family. We work as a family to ensure your child has the best learning environment possible, filled with love, compassion, caring, and high expectations, encouraging your child to reach his/her full social/emotional, personal, and academic potential. I strive to make each child feel amazing, safe, kind, important, cared for, loved, brave, wonderful, respected, smart, special, extraordinary, strong, understood,and super because your child is the reason I'm here.
I am your school counselor. I don't have a magic wand, a crystal ball, or all of the answers. But, I do have ears to listen, a heart to care, and time to give. I have ideas and an open mind. I am your school counselor. And I am here for you.
From my "Reasoned Mind and Educated Heart",
GUIDANCE SERVICES OFFERED
Counseling Core Curriculum lessons will be provided to students in grades K-5 at least once a month. We are using a research-based curriculum called Sanford HARMONY that is a social-emotionally based curriculum that supports students in developing stronger social-emotional skills.
Suicide Prevention lessons will be provided to students in grades 4-5. Fourth grade students will be given a lesson on Understanding and Managing Feelings and how to help others when they need help. Fifth grade students will receive a series of 4 lessons through Lifelines curriculum on Suicide Prevention that is a district-wide expectations for all 5th grade classrooms.
School-Wide Campaigns - Star Student Program - each day students have the opportunity to earn a star student ticket(s) displaying the Word of the Month and/or our school-wide expectations. Each Friday morning during the morning announcements, a drawing is done to select Star Students for the week. There will be a student from each class (grades K-5) selected as a Star Student each week. Recognized students will come to the front office after his/her name is announced to receive their certificate/coupon and get his/her picture taken with "Big Bear". Pictures will be posted on the lobby television.
SMALL GROUP COUNSELING
- An opportunity for students to meet in a small group setting with me to work on various social/emotional areas, such as anger management, making/keeping friends, stress management, getting along with others, divorce/separation, behavior management, etc. A short survey was given to students in grades 3-5 to help me to better identify students who may need this type of service. Parents would receive a permission form to sign prior to any student participating in a small group.
Teachers may refer students to me who may need more individual work for a period of time. I work with these students on an as needed basis using the brief-counseling, solution-focused counseling models.
Referrals to Outside Services
Building Assessment Coordinator (BAC) for grades K-5
- BRIGANCE - Kindergarten - August
- ADVANCED PROGRAM (CogAT) - grades 3-12 - October
- ACCESS for ELLs - English as a Second Language (ESL) students only - January
- KPREP - grades 3-12 - May
is the state-mandated assessment for students in grades 3-8.
- is given to students during the month of May.
is a state-mandated readiness screening administrator to all Kindergarten students to help teachers access the individual needs of each of their students.
- is given to all Kindergarten students during the Kindergarten Camp.
CogAT (Cognitive Achievement Test):
is the qualifying test for JCPS's Advanced Program.
is given to all students in grades 3-5, unless parent opts child out of taking this test. To opt out of taking the test, please email Christy Teague by October 5, 2017.
- is given to students in grades 6-12 who want to take this test. Parent emails Christy Teague by October 5, 2017 if you want your child to take this test.
- will be given to students in grades 3-5 the mornings of October 17 and 18, 2017.
- will be given to students in grades 6-12, who have requested to take the this, on the morning of October 17, 2017.
ACCESS for ELLs:
- is an assessment given to all identified ESL (English as a Second Language) students.
- testing window is January-February.