Welcome to Mrs. Gibson's Webpage
Welcome!! My name is Sharon Gibson MS, the School Counselor at Washington Elementary School. I am so excited to be a part of Washington! This is my 25th year in education. My certifications include School Counseling, Elementary Education, Special Ed., ESL, & Reading.
What is a School Counselor?
I am a (minimum Master's level) certified, trained, and caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order for every student to achieve academic and social success. School Counseling services are delivered in four specific ways:
- Classroom Counseling Curriculum- designing, structuring, and delivering classroom lessons so that students develop specific outcome-driven competencies in all grades PK-5 (personal/social, academic, career)and driven by the needs of the school population
- Individual Student Planning- assisting students with goal formation/planning (behavioral, academic, etc.)
- Responsive Services- meeting immediate student needs (counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, referral, peer mediation, information-providing)
- System Support- schoolwide program planning and implementation (PBIS, Instructional Leadership Teaming, etc.), consulting with other professionals, coordination of various supports for students and families
How does your child experience school counseling services?
- Individual Counseling- Sessions are designed to provide a safe, positive, non-judgmental, & confidential setting. Topics are based on the needs of the student and may include: understanding feelings, changing families/divorce, grief, stress, social skills, academics, bullying, problem-solving, and decision-making.
- Small-Group Counseling- A process where students sharing similar issues or concerns work together in a small group environment consisting of about 3-6 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress management.
- Classroom Counseling lessons- I develop and implement K-4 classroom curriculum driven by national and county school counseling outcomes. I often co-plan and co-teach lessons with other professionals in the building to support social and emotional growth across curricular areas. Classroom lessons are regularly scheduled and address personal, social, academic, and career-related needs at the child's developmental level. Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing/bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure.
R-Time: R-Time is a relationship-building program focusing on random pair work. Lessons are 15-20 minutes in length taught every Friday.
Show good manners and respect at all times. Care for everyone and everything.
P.A.W.S. The Positive Behavioral Intervention Support program has widespread results in reducing discipline issues. This initiative covers character education and is implemented into monthly guidance lessons by the counselor. You may refer to the student handbook for further explanation of our P.A.W.S. in action.