- Community Schools
I have been a counselor in the St. Vrain Valley school district since 1998 splitting my time between Lyons Elementary and Hygiene Elementary. My undergraduate degree is in Education, and after teaching for about 15 years, I earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work. I have great interest and extensive training in conflict resolution, restorative justice, non-violent communication, and mediation, with experience in both family and workplace mediation. I have enjoyed facilitating numerous student peer mediation trainings and have trained over 1000 students to be peer mediators in over 30 schools, 6 counties, and 2 states. Conducting level II trainings to train adults to train their students as peer mediators has been equally rewarding. This experience supported me in beginning the Peace PALS program at Lyons, and this program continues to be a hallmark of our school. Peace PALS are 5th graders trained each year to promote peace and to assist other students in resolving conflict through peer mediation and the use of Peace Place. I've been fortunate to serve on numerous conference planning committees including the Academy of Family Mediators, Association of Conflict Resolution, and Colorado School Mediation Project.
My experience and training in various embodiment practices including brain gym, yoga, and 5 Rhythms dance supports my work with the children. I work to promote awareness of the physical, mental, and emotional connection with children with a focus on calming and relaxation.
My experience in working with children and families includes:
I love my work as an elementary school counselor. Having the opportunity to work with the kids, addressing social and emotional issues,and seeing them incorporate skills that build their emotional intelligence is so rewarding. It is a gift to see these kids each day.
I visit classrooms approximately twice a month, addressing the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) standards. Additionally, I am available to meet with parents, teachers, and students (individually or in groups) to discuss any school, social, personal, or emotional concerns. Small groups such as "social Skills" or "Friendship Groups" may be formed as needed