• Who is an Elementary School Counselor?

    An Elementary Professional School Counselor is a certified professional who works within a child's total environment to assist him/her in addressing his/her academic, behavioral, emotional, and social needs.  A Professional School Counselor helps to empower children to feel good about themselves and aids them in the process of making positive decisions that lead to healthy and meaningful lives.  An Elementary Professional School Counselor serves children and their families, teachers, administrators, and the community.

    What does the Elementary School Counselor do?

    1. Serves as a "friendly helper" for ALL students and works with students on an individual basis and in small groups
    2. Facilitates classroom guidance and counseling sessions, helps identify student needs, and assists in the assessment of students for Special School District
    3. Serves as Component Representative in Special School District meetings such as IEP's, Re-evaluations, etc
    4. Facilitator for Section 504
    5. Coordinates the Townsend CARE Team, a group of professionals that reviews, develops and helps to implement appropriate interventions for at-risk students
    6. Oversees Character Education and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support initiatives at the K-5 grade levels
    7. Consults with parents, teachers, administrators, and community agencies and aids in coordinating referrals for therapy to outside agencies
    8. Coordinates, trains teachers and implements MAP standardized testing throughout the building 
    9. Coordinates with NCADA and LCFS to bring community resources to Townsend
    10. Positive emails/ phone calls to parents and students
    11. Academic calls to parents when students have not engaged in any work for a week during COVID 100% virtual

    With what types of things can a Counselor help?

    The School Counselor can provide support services to address several issues, including (though certainly not limited to) the following: 

    • Anger Management
    • Managing Anxiety
    • Behavior Modification
    • Bullying Prevention 
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Peer-Led Mediations with Townsend Mediators
    • Coping Skills
    • Divorce/Changing Families
    • Friendship Skills                                                      
    • Grief and Loss
    • Self-Esteem
    • Stress Management
    • Personal/Social goals
    • Time Management Assistance
    • Organization in a Virtual Setting/Hybrid
    • Positive Self-care
    • Mental Health Awareness


    How does a student see the Counselor?

    Students can see the Elementary Counselor via a self-referral, parental request, and/or teacher or administrative referral.

    I am happy to provide support services to students via google meet (Video Conference) during this time of COVID-19 virtual or hybrid instruction. My virtual office hours are 8:50 am to 3:50 pm Monday-Friday. You can reach me on my cell phone at 314-315-3645 or email me at pmngmery@hazelwoodschools.org.

    Stay Well / Stay Healthy / Stay Safe


Peggy Montgomery