I am a graduate of East Rowan High School. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from Catawba College where I was a First Family Scholar. I received my Master's degree in Counseling from UNC-Charlotte. Part of my Master's training was a 1 1/2 year internship at East Rowan High School. I was hired full-time in 1997, my time split between Erwin Middle and Granite Quarry Elementary. My desire was to be assigned to only one school and in January of 1998 my wish came true. I have been the School Counselor at Faith Elementary ever since.
My role as the School Counselor:
Assist teachers with classroom guidance
Teach guidance lessons based on classroom and student needs
Coordinate RTI process
- Coordinate AIMSweb benchmark testing
Coordinate LINKS referrals
Coordinate 504 process
Coordinate Homebound process
Perform academic and behavioral observations
Coordinate services with various community agencies
Unfortunately, many kids face bullying each day. Many children believe that adults can't -- or won't-- help.
Research shows that bullying problems can be greatly reduced, but only when the school staff work with students to tackle the problem. Our school is implementing the OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program to help create a positive, safe, and bullying-free learning environment for all students.
As part of this program, student's in your child's class will learn new skills to help them build friendships and deal with bullying. Following are some of the topics covered in the program.
- Making Friends.
- Joining group activities.
- Managing conflicts.
- Recognizing, refusing, and reporting bullying.
A note about school attendance:
Students are allowed 20 absences a year and still be eligible for promotion. However, even a few crucial days of absence can make a difference in a student's academic performance.
10 Reasons for Good Attendance:
- Children with good attendance are more likely to do well in school.
- Children are more likely to develop important skills when they have good attendance.
- Children who have a lot of absences are less likely to fulfill their full potential as students.
- Children with good attendance are more likely to do well on standardized tests.
- If your child attends school regularly, he or she is less likely to drop out of high school.
- Good attendance can lead to college and a good job.
- Children with good attendance are more likely to get along with others.
- Good attendance goes hand-in-hand with better behavior.
- Children with fewer absences are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs.
- Good attendance means more money for schools. Some federal funding for schools is based on school attendance data.
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