Ms. Rhoda Kohler

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Welcome to my online webpage!  I am one of the three Elementary School Counselors.  I work at Mowrey Elementary School.  I enjoy working with students and promoting positive attitudes among students, family, peers and community.  I teach lessons in the classroom, meet with students in small groups and counsel individually with students.  I work with teacher to design interventions to enhance student success.  

Connecting with Your Child’s School Counselor for a Successful School Year

Understand the expertise and responsibilities of your child’s school counselor. School counselors make a measurable impact in every student’s life, assisting with academic, career and personal/social development. Professional school counselors are trained in both educating and counseling, allowing them to function as a facilitator between parents, teachers and the student in matters concerning the student’s goals, abilities and any areas needing improvement. School counselors provide services not only to students in need, but to all students.

Meet or contact your child’s school counselor at least three times per school year. The beginning of a school year is an excellent opportunity to initiate contact with your child’s school counselor and doing so can ensure your child’s positive school experience. Find out who the counselor is and what his or her experience and background are. By communicating with one another at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year, parents and counselors can have a definite impact on a child’s success.

Discuss your child’s challenges and concerns with the school counselor. As a parent, you know your child best. However, the school counselor can help you better understand your child as a student. It’s important to encourage your child’s expression of needs, hopes and frustrations. School counselors are trained to help your children. 

Learn about your child’s school and social connections from the school counselor. When you need information or assistance, your child’s school counselor can help you get in touch with the appropriate school officials; learn about school policies on behavior, attendance, and dress; know the school calendar of important dates and stay connected with the school in many other ways. The school counselor can also help you locate resources in the community when you need them.

Work with the school counselor to identify resources and find solutions to problems. If your child is having a problem at school, it is important to work with your child’s school counselor to find solutions. Discuss resources available within and outside of the school, and get information on how such programs can benefit your child. Your school counselor can be a valuable partner in your child’s education and preparation for life beyond school.
Project TEAM:  Are you in the house?  As a counselor, I teach lessons on Helping Others, Positive Change, Anti-Bullying, Problem Solving, Resiliency and Leadership.  Our lessons focus on creating a TEAM oriented cutlere that provides a sense of belonging and connection.  All of our elementary schools adopted Project TEAM, an innatiative of Penn State College.  The program provides a mental framework to help students understand their responsibility to friends, peers, family and community. Project TEAM help create a culture where students are looking to help meet the needs of all members on the TEAM in addition to their own needs.
A famous quote by John F. Kennedy states, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."  Project TEAM's programming and curriculum is designed to allow students to see how they can bring value and individual uniqueness to create an awesome school TEAM.  In today's society, the emphasis is on getting one's own needs met and not worrying about others.  We as parents, teachers, counselors, administrators (TEAM) work together to show students how valueable they are to the TEAMs in school, at home, and in the community.  Research supports that when students feel a part of a TEAM, they are much less likely to exhibit bullying and other harmful behaviors and they are less likely to be abused.  Career exploration and projection are another aspect of the TEAM also! 



To contact me by phone, simply dial the District phone number, 762-1191, ext. 1611.

               

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