During the past 10 years, I have gained a variety of school counseling experiences. I have worked with more than 3000 students across all levels (PreK to 12th Grade), but have found that I'm pretty "settled" in the elementary world! I also took on a 2nd job as a Behavioral Specialist for many years to help a large caseload of students diagnosed with ASD, and train faculty/staff on best Behavior Management practices. I have most recently worked on my district's ISF leadership team, and serve as the school-wide PBIS Coach.
I like to use a variety of different teaching methods for guidance lessons, but at the elementary level I just LOVE reading to my students! I try to find a relevant Read Aloud for every lesson, and will often use books by Julia Cook! Almost all of my lessons feature activities, opportunity for movement, planned transitions, opportunity for creativity, discussion, and lots of interaction! My goal is to keep students so engaged and excited about a topic that minimal behavior management interventions will need to be utilized!
Renaissance Scholar, Penn State NCC Credential Presenter, Innovative School Counseling Resources & Strategies Conference in Orlando
B.A. in Psychology, Lock Haven University of PA M.Ed. in Counselor Education, The Pennsylvania State University Additional graduate course work in Educational Leadership (In Progress: Principal Certification)
I have a wonderful, supportive family with two amazing children! In my spare time I enjoy coaching soccer at our local club program, painting, and playing the piano!