Weekly Message #1
Happy first day of school! Today's weekly message #1 can be accessed HERE.
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 17th year as a school counselor, with experience working with students in grades K-12.
I am so extremely honored to have been welcomed into the J. Graham Brown School family. I can finally say that I've found my home. 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",
I will visit classrooms once a month for 25-30 minute lessons. There will be two major themes this year for Classroom Guidance. First semester's theme will be defining, developing, and reinforcing EMPATHY - teaching students why empathy is important, and how we can be more empathetic in our everyday lives. Second semester's theme will be CITIZENSHIP. What does a good citizen look like and act like? How can students become good citizens? Each month, there will be a new Word of the Month based on that semester's theme. For example, September's Word of the Month is Friendship. A good friend is someone who has empathy for others.
Student of the Month - Teachers nominate students each month who have been a excellent role model for the Word of the Month and/or display our school-wide expectations of "being safe, being responsible, being respectful, and always pursuing excellence". One student per grade level will be selected each month as the Student of the Month. The students' pictures and nominations will be posted on the bulletin board in the front lobby.
Star Students - 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 bulletin board in the front lobby.
SMALL GROUP COUNSELING
ECE/ARC Chairperson and Section 504 Coordinator
Referrals to Outside Services
Building Assessment Coordinator (BAC) for grades K-5
CogAT (Cognitive Achievement Test):
ACCESS for ELLs:
Kindergarten Classroom Guidance Lesson - Home Link
1st Grade Classroom Guidance Lesson - Home Link