Meet the Counselor
School counseling delivers prevention and intervention services that support the academic, personal, interpersonal, health, and career development of all students. Counseling services are provided in whole class lessons, small groups, or individual counseling sessions. As Diamond's counselor, I am a resource for any child, family, or staff member in the school. Parents may contact me by phone, email, or written communication. Students are seen individually or in a small group at the request of the student, parent, teacher, or administrator. Any student may ask to see the counselor by putting a note in a pocket folder located on the back of the Counselor's door, by notifying their teacher, or by asking me directly. The Counselor's pocket folder is checked everyday and students are seen as promptly as possible.
Programs at Diamond
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports guide our
school climate at Diamond Elementary. Our students are expected to be
respectful, responsible, and safe. Staff teach specific positive
behaviors in all the settings in the school. Students practice these
positive behaviors on a tour of our school and keep a passport of expected
behaviors in their data notebooks. Every morning, our students begin the
day with morning meeting (from Responsive Classroom) to build community and set
a positive beginning to the day. Students monitor their behavior in their
data notebooks indicating blue, green, yellow, or red. One student from
each class is selected as a Blue Dolphin Student of the week.
Students and staff fill each other’s buckets (invisible or
real) by using positive words or behaviors to make others feel good. Likewise,
students and staff fill their own buckets by being proud of their behavior and
actions. Students learn to protect their good thoughts and feelings by
using a lid (strategies to calm down and solve problems) on their bucket so no
one can dip into their bucket and empty out their feelings.
No Put-Downs Skills
Counseling lessons are taught in grades Kindergarten through
Fifth grade on the No Put-downs curriculum from National Center for Youth
Issues. The school-wide approach leads to a common language and continued
practice of skills. Students learn to think about why someone is using
put-downs, how to stay cool if it happens, how to shield themselves from
getting their feelings hurt, how to choose a response to address the put-down,
and how to build up themselves and others.
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Counseling Association
American Psychological Association
American School Counseling Association
Character Counts! Book List
National Association of School Psychologists
Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)
Maryland State Department of Education's Autism Website
Montgomery College offers a variety of programs for students of elementary school age and for their parents.
Montgomery County Public Schools Parent Academy
301-279-3100 or 301-517-5940
The Parent Academy is for all parents and will offer eighteen different workshops, many repeated at varying times and locations, during October and November. Additional workshops will be offered starting in January. Topics include understanding the school system, computer skills, understanding ADHD, bullying prevention, high school graduation requirements, helping teens make good decisions, helping your child succeed in middle school and more. Courses will be taught by MCPS staff and a variety of community organizations.
The workshops are located at schools and other sites throughout Montgomery County. Most are scheduled on weeknights at 7 p.m. and are free of charge. Child care will be provided for children ages 4 through 12. Interpreters in multiple languages will be available at the workshops if they have been requested on the registration form.
Parent Encouragement Program
BullyingInfo.org: Bullying Prevention and Response
Stop Bullying Now