• Elementary Counseling



    Aspects of the Counseling Program Include:

    • Individual counseling
    • Group counseling
    • Collaborating with parents teachers and administrators
    • Classroom lessons addressing:

    respect, bullying, problem solving and decision making


    Philosophy of Counseling

    Counseling is an aspect of the developmental school counseling program through which the counselor helps children cope with areas of difficulty that interfere with the learning process.

    Individually or in a small group setting, the counselor provides a safe, caring environment that invites the students to overcome personal or social obstacles in their development. School counselors also coordinate referrals to community agencies.


    Goals of the School Counselor

    To help children…

    …understand themselves and others.

    …develop effective decision-making and problem solving skills necessary to make healthy choices and to resolve conflicts responsibly.

    …understand the school environment and responsibilities necessary to develop school success skills which will provide the foundation and desire for life-long learning.

    …develop an understanding of and respect for others including an appreciation of the uniqueness and diversity amongst individuals.

    …develop effective relational and communication skills, and to learn how to establish and maintain successful relationships.


     Philosophy of Counseling

    Developmental Counseling is an integral part of the entire educational program and is important to every student’s academic success. It is preventative and proactive in nature and designed to reach all students. It also helps identify and address current problems and provides crises intervention when necessary.


    Through the collaborative efforts of counselors, support professionals, teachers, administrators, and parents, the program promotes self-understanding, understanding of others, and the full use of one’s potential, providing all students with a nurturing environment that allows them to get the most out of their school experiences.


    If you have questions or concerns about your child’s educational needs, please feel free to contact me.   I will do my best to help your child have a happy and successful school year!



    Fernbrook School

    Monday and Wednesday

    Mrs. Debbie Hessels


    Ext. 2229



    Shongum School

    Tuesday and Thursday

    Mrs. Debbie Hessels


    Ext. 4211



    I alternate between Fernbrook and Shongum Schools.





    Your child needs what all children need:

    To feel safe and loved…

                To feel a sense of belonging…

                To feel capable and responsible…

    To feel successful…

    To be able to accept mistakes by self and others…


    To understand his / her own development…

    To understand and work well with others…


    Your child’s school counselor

    is here to help.





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    When Sophie Gets Angry Really, Really, Angry by Molly Bang



    I Feel Bullied by Jen Green

     Nobody Knew What to Do by Becky Ray McCain

     The Recess Queen by Alexis ONeill

     Stop Picking on Me by Pat Thomas



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     When Someone Dies by Sharon Greenlee

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    Dinosaurs Divorce by Laurene and Marc Brown 

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    Let's Talk About It: Stepfamilies by Fred Rogers 

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    Franklin's New Friend by Paulette Bourgeois 

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    The New Baby by Fred Rogers 

    The New Baby at Your House by Joanna Cole