Personal Mission Statement:
"There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone's life." -Mary Rose McGeady
Program Mission Statement:
The mission of the School Counseling Program at Andrew Johnson Elementary is to assist in developing responsible and productive citizen leaders through a comprehensive support base of individual counseling, small group counseling, classroom guidance, and student support services addressing the social, emotional, and scholastic needs of students.
Program Vision Statement:
It is the vision of the School Counseling Program that all students leave Andrew Johnson with consistent exposure to the skills and mindset needed to be successful and productive citizens. This vision supports development of the whole child so that our graduates can be life-long learners, professionals, and individuals.
The School Counseling Program believes that all means all:
- All children deserve respect
- All children have a unique voice
- All children are learners
- All children and adults are influenced by social, familial, and biological factors that impact learning and performance
- All children benefit from justice more so than equality
- All children have the potential for success
Hello, and welcome to the School Counseling Program website for Andrew Johnson Elementary School. My name is Colleen Weems, and I am proud to be your school counselor! I have worked for several years as a school-based therapist and, prior to that, as a traditional outpatient therapist working with children and their families. I love working with the students and families that make up AJS!
In Classroom Counseling we will explore the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. We will implement overall themes of responsibility, safety, leadership, and college/career readiness. Our class lessons will follow both the State of Tennessee Model for Comprehensive School Counseling (our state standards for school counseling programs), as well as the standards presented in the ASCA (American School Counseling Association) National Model. More information on these requirements and recommendations can be found at https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/stateboardofeducation/documents/policies/5000/5.103%20School%20Counseling%20Model%20and%20Standards%20Policy%204-21-17.pdf
and https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/asca-national-model, respectively.
As the mom of two young children, I understand how challenging it is to be a parent today. My hope is that the Classroom Guidance curriculum will help our students develop behaviors and make choices that demonstrate respect and personal responsibility.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the School Counseling Program, or about your child. I can be most easily reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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