• What is the role of the school counselor at Nantucket?

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    Note from Mr. Stanzione – Hi All, thanks for clicking on the link!  The 2017-2018 school-year will be my 11th year as a school counselor.  This will be my 7th year working for AACPS; and out of graduate school, I worked as a school counselor in Parkville, Maryland at Villa Cresta Elementary School.  Prior to that, I taught 7th grade Social Studies at KIPP: Gaston College Preparatory in rural North Carolina.  I love working at Nantucket.  We are a Kids at Hope school, which means that we take a strengths-based approach to educating our students.  Additionally, we believe that it is important to involve parents and the community in educating our students.

    A Little Bit About My Job:

    Elementary school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Elementary school counselors don’t work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve school success. Professional school counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive school counseling program.

    A Brief Summary of My Program:

    School Guidance Curriculum

    • Academic support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills
    • Goal setting and decision-making
    • Career awareness, exploration and planning
    • Education on understanding self and others 
      Peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills
    • Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution
    • Focus on Global Citizenship

    Student Planning and Skill Development

    • Goal setting/decision- making
    • Education on understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
    • Transition assistance (i.e. getting ready for middle school)
    • Small Groups during lunch to build social and emotional skills

    Responsive Services

    • Short-term Individual and small-group counseling
    • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
    • Conflict resolution
    • Consultation/collaboration
    • Referrals

    System Support

    • Professional development
    • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
    • Program management and operation

    Who I Collaborate With:

    Academic planning 
    College/career awareness programs 
    Interpretation of assessment results

    Brainstorming and Strategizing

    Classroom guidance activities 
    Academic support
    Classroom speakers 
    Helping with interventions to enhance success

    School climate 
    Behavioral management plans 
    School-wide needs assessments 
    Student data and results

    Students (last, but not least)

    Peer education 
    Peer support 
    Academic support 
    School climate 
    Leadership development
    Service Learning 
    Crisis interventions 
    Parenting Information Sessions
    Career education

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