Guidance

School Counseling Program

Contact: Melissa Zoerheide, School Counselor

Monday –Thursday

mzoerheide@sharonelementary.org

802-763-7425 x 37

The mission of the Sharon Elementary School’s school counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career and personal/social development of all students.

The Sharon Elementary School Counseling Programs work to promote and support a school community of learners who
– have a positive view of self and others.
– strong creative problem solving skills in both academics, social/emotional areas.
– are inspired and motivated for a productive future career (s).

About School Counselors:

 SCHOOL COUNSELORS ARE SPECIALISTS

  • School counselors are child advocates who work cooperatively with the educational staff, parents, and community.
  • School counselors are educational specialists who have master’s degrees in the behavioral sciences.
  • School counselors assist students with their social, emotional, and educational development.
  • School counselors are human resource specialists who assist students, parents, and educational staff through counseling. consultation, and coordination. 

THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR WORKS WITH TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS

  • To facilitate referrals and evaluations.
  • To provide consultation concerning student’s needs
  • To facilitate parent conferences.
  • To develop an educational plan to meet the personal, social, educational, and career needs of students.
  • To work collaboratively with school psychologists, school nurses, social workers, the career educational coordinator, and the student support teams.

THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR WORKS WITH PARENTS

  • To encourage and support student achievement.
  • To assist in the interpretation of assessment data.
  • To provide family support.
  • To design an appropriate educational and career plan for the student.

THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR WORKS WITH STUDENTS

  • To provide the needed support to develop positive self-concepts and the motivation necessary for learning.
  • To provide individual and group planning and counseling.

GOALS OF SCHOOL COUNSELING

  • To assist students with educational, personal, career, and goal planning.
  • To develop personalized programs based on each student’s strengths and needs.
  • To help students understand themselves and others.
  • To assist students in identifying and dealing with problems.
  • To facilitate the identification of students with special needs.
  • To provide crisis intervention when necessary.
  • To coordinate referrals to school and community support services.
  • To serve as a resource to students, parents, teachers and administrators.

Some Reasons To Contact The School Counselor

  • Academic concerns.
  • Divorce, separation, and family changes.
  • Drug and alcohol concerns.
  • Educational and career planning.
  • Experiencing loss, death, and grief.
  • Peer relationship issues.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • School adjustment issues.
  • Stress reduction and coping skills.
  • Study skills.

How Does A Student Meet With A School Counselor

  • Appointment made by the counselor.
  • Appointment made by the student.
  • Parent referral.
  • Teacher referral.

Sharon Elementary School Counselor

Melissa Zoerheide (also known as Mrs. Z)

mzoerheide@sharonelementary.org

(802) 763-7425 x37