The Counseling Corner :)
I am so happy you are visiting the School Counseling Corner! My name is Katie Gaylord and I am the School Counselor at Waller Mill Elementary School - Fine Arts Magnet. This is my 11th year as the School Counselor at WMES and I love it more each year! I graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island for my Undergraduate Degree (GO FRIARS!) and then traveled to Western New York to earn a Masters Degree in School Counseling at Saint Bonaventure University, where I also then met my husband Jeff. Jeff was the athletic trainer for the men's basketball team. As a career switcher, Jeff now teaches 7th grade Life Science at Tabb Middle School! I recently earned my School Leadership Degree from the College of William and Mary, and Jeff is enrolled in the Program currently. I have the privilege of leading our Division's Elementary School Counseling Team, which is made up of 11 School Counselors. :)
Our GREATEST joys are our two boys, Peter, Tommy, and newborn baby girl Grace. :) We also have a sweet golden retriever named Millie!
As your child’s School Counselor, I align with the schools mission to support the academic, career, and personal/social needs of all students. In the first few weeks, I meet with our newest students at 'New Kids Meet and Greet' and also work alongside Mrs. Flanary to lead our SCA students in greeting our new friends! I spend time visiting classrooms and introducing my program to our children.
There are FRIENDSHIP groups to join, as well as other lunch bunch options! I am able to meet with your students individually or in a group setting. Topics of interest are usually: Bucket Filling, Friendship/Social Skills, Anger and Stress Management, Parent Separation/Divorce, Deployment within a Family, Grief / Loss, Character Education, Study Skills/Organization, Bullying Prevention/Bucket Dipping, Careers, Drug Awareness, Family Transition, and Building Confidence/Self-Esteem.
I also serve as the PEP / Extend contact here in the building.
Peace begins with a SMILE. :)
“Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.”
-Helen Keller :)
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
Bucket Filling is integrated into each classroom yearly. I have presented at the state level on this topic and am very passionate about filling buckets. Please ask your student to fill you in on this school-wide concept. I'd be happy to chat with you too about our buckets!