Mrs. Amy Zimmerman, M.Ed School Counseling
Who am I?
I am sooo excited to be the school counselor at FDES! Although I have served as a high school counselor or teacher for most of my career, my first love is working with elementary level children on the many skills they will need for success in middle school, high school and in adult life. Because I have spent 17 years at the high school level as a teacher or counselor, I am uniquely aware of the opportunities as well as the challenges for our “tweens” ,teens and young adults.
Many parents, students (former students that are now parents) and community members know me from my work at John Handley High School as a teacher and as the former director of counseling. I taught at Handley from 1997 to 2006. In 2006 I began my counseling career at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Strasburg, VA. I spent 3 years at Sandy Hook and then worked as a counselor at Strasburg High School for 6 years. It has always my desire to return to WPS and I jumped at the opportunity to return to Handley in 2015. It has been a long winding road back to elementary school, but I am grateful to be at Frederick Douglass and look forward to working with you and your children!
What does an elementary school counseling program look like?
I am a licensed professional school counselor and offer a variety of counseling services in meeting the Virginia Board of Education counseling standards.
The nature of the school counseling program is to offer brief/solution focused counseling services to address the academic, career, and personal/social needs of students as they relate to academic success. School counseling services are not designed to be therapeutic. If at any time you feel like your child requires counseling services beyond what is provided at school, please contact Mrs. Zimmerman for a list of private practice options.
School counseling activities for students may include classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling opportunities as well as one on one counseling sessions. Students may be referred for counseling services by parents, teachers, administrators, or by self-referring.
Classroom lessons focus on social skills in relating to self and others, as well as exploring the world of careers and developing good study habits. Small counseling groups may focus on self-awareness issues, peer relations, coping with loss and grief, anger management and issues of self- control, decision making and problem solving skills.
Parents are always welcome to stop by the counseling office (room 227 on the 2nd floor for FDES) to discuss counseling services or review materials. An appointment can also be made by calling the school counseling office number: 662-7656 ext. 81004 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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