I am looking forward to beginning my (lucky!) 13th year as a School Counselor, and my second year as the Counselor for the SOARing students & families of SES! I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in English, Sociology, and Education from Western Maryland College; a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from the University of Delaware; and the Nationally Certified Counselor credential. I reside in Kent County, MD with my husband, daughter, and spoiled cat! I enjoy the arts, spending time with friends, sewing ragdolls, reading, live music, and playing board games.I work hand-in-hand with each of our teachers and as part of the School Leadership Team to ensure that your child is as healthy, happy, and successful as they can be; and to help remove the barriers that stand in the way of their health, wellbeing, and achievement. Most of the time I can personally help you and/or your child, but sometimes I may not be the individual best qualified to help in a situation. In these cases, my job is to help connect you with the person or resource who can! I work with students individually, in groups, and in their classrooms on a regular basis. My classroom lessons are designed to foster the social skills that ensure academic and interpersonal success; helping students develop empathy for one another, work cooperatively, manage difficult emotional states, resolve conflict peacefully, and persevere when faced with challenges!I serve as a Coach for and member of our school's PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) Team, whose members help ensure that ALL students attending SES have access to learning environments that support academic success & universal behavioral instruction based upon our SOAR (Safety/Organization/Active Learning/Respect) expectations; supportive services for students experiencing academic and/or behavioral challenges; and targeted interventions for those students in need of intensive support.I am the coordinator for our school's Character Counts! program, which seeks to instill the value of positive character in each of our students. I facilitate the placement of community-based mentors who wish to serve as Character Coaches. Character Coaches visit our classrooms weekly to deliver lessons based upon the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring, Responsibility, Citizenship, and Fairness.