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The Liberty Counselors
 
Counselors & Libby :)  
 Ms. Scott & Ms. Foley with Libby, our school mascot!
 
Jennifer Scott is a school counselor at Liberty five days a week. 
For the 2013-2014 school year, she will be working with 
Fifth, Second, and First (Banks, Davis, & Epperson) grades.  
To read more about Ms. Scott, click HERE.  
To email Ms. Scott: Jennifer.L.Scott@lcps.org
 
Ellen Foley is a school counselor at Liberty five days a week.
For the 2013-2014 school year, she will be working with
Fourth, Third, and First (Donaldson, Hunter, Mussalo, Peebles, & Sapp) grades.
To read more about Ms. Foley, click HERE
To email Ms. Foley: Ellen.Foley@lcps.org 
 
Liz Torres is a school counselor and will be at Liberty on Tuesdays.
For the 2013-2014 school year, she will be working with Kindergarten.
 Mrs. Torres is also a school counselor at Hillsboro Elementary School.
To read more about Mrs. Torres, click HERE
To email Mrs. Torres: Elisabeth.Torres@lcps.org
  
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What is a school counselor?
School counselors are professionals with a master’s degree and state certification in the counseling field; they are responsible for the organization/management of school guidance services.
 
School counselors work with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to help students succeed in school and prepare for meaningful, productive living
 
Guidance services are child-centered, developmental and preventive.  Guidance services are also inclusive and respectful of student and staff differences in religion, ethnicity, race, ability, gender, sexual-orientation, handicapping condition and age.

 

 What do school counselors do? 
 - Teach monthly classroom guidance lessons (see list of topics below)
 - Facilitate counseling groups that meet for approximately 4 to 8 weeks
 - Conduct limited, short-term individual counseling, as needed
 - Consult with parents and staff to best meet the needs of students
 - Refer family members to community/county resources
 - Assist in deescalating school crisis and conflicts
 - Provide a safe environment that respects and values differences
 - Advocate for all Liberty students and families

  

What topics are discussed during guidance lessons?
September: Respect for Self, Others, & Property
October: Bullying Prevention "STOP-WALK-TALK"
November: Conflict Resolution Skills
December: Celebrating Differences
January: Strategies for School Success
February: Bucket Filling/Compliments/Kindness
MarchCareers & Future Planning
April-May (topics determined based on need & may include): Problem Solving, Decision Making, Friendship Skills, & Test Taking Strategies for grades 3-5 prior to SOLs
June: Transition Tips
 
 
When to contact a school counselor?
If you believe your child is experiencing difficulty at home or at school regarding academic achievement, family changes, social skills, or adjusting to transitions it may be helpful to consult with your child's school counselor. 
 
 
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