I've been a certified elementary school counselor/school social worker (K-5) for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked for 7 years as an outpatient clinician for children ages 3 to 17. i am also a children's author. My first picture book, Super George and the Invisible Shield, was written to help teach children ages 7-10 how to better defend themselves against others' mean or thoughtless words. It's available on my author website, www.lauriepmendoza.com.
My teaching style and self-created materials are very eclectic. I take concepts and practices from my favorite approaches (mostly CBT, Zones of Regulation, Mindfulness, Social Thinking, and Collaborative Problem-Solving), and combine them in a way that makes sense to me and is also research-based, fun, and kid-friendly. Products in my store reflect this. You'll also find that my materials have built-in flexibility, allowing you to use them in the way that feels most natural to you. If you're looking for very structured and scripted materials, I may not be your best resource. ALL products have been used extensively with my fabulous students, who are always more than happy to tell me how to improve my lessons! I take most of their advice, except when it comes to a vocal minority's repeated requests that I include fart jokes. You're welcome.
*Contributor to the Parent Soup A-Z Guides *Listed in Who’s Who in America, 2004 *Guest Appearance on KISS 108’s “Matty in the Morning” Show, discussing ADHD *Member Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Honor Society) and Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society) *Education policy consultant to Mass State Representative James Kelcourse
A.B. in Psychology from Smith College; MA in School Psychology from University of Detroit; CAGS in School Psychology from Northeastern University
Please visit my website, www.schoolcounselingfiles.com, to find free activities and resources for school counselors. You may also want to visit my author website, www.lauriepmendoza.com Note: My store logo graphics are by Michael C. Parker, with fonts by Miss Tiina and Kimberly Geswein
English Language Arts, Specialty, Special Education, Health, Other (Specialty), Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Character Education, Problem Solving, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter, For All Subjects, Student Council, School Psychology