About the Counselor
Hi! My name is Sharon Berkheimer and I am the counselor at Mill Creek Towne Elementary School. The 2017-2018 school year will be my 12th year as Mill Creek Towne’s counselor and I am looking forward to another successful year! Before becoming a counselor, I was a classroom teacher. My teaching experience helped me to understand the academic, social, and personal needs of the students. I have a bachelor’s degree in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, as well as a master’s degree in School Counseling.
Counseling Program at Mill Creek Towne
I am fortunate to be the counselor at Mill Creek Towne – it means I get to work with all of the students, staff, and parents. I do this in many different ways:
- Classroom Guidance – Approximately twice a month, I present lessons to students in their classroom. Lesson topics fall under the categories of Academic, Personal, Interpersonal, Career, and Health. Specific topics include study skills, friendship, dealing with teasing, conflict resolution, self-esteem, and decision making.
- Group Counseling – Group counseling is available to small groups of students who need more support in working through a particular concern. Parents and teachers usually refer students to participate in group sessions. Possible topics include social skills, study skills, self-esteem, and dealing with separation/divorce.
- Individual Counseling – Parents and teachers can contact me to share concerns about students. Students can also refer themselves if they have a concern that they would like to talk about. Mostly, I talk with students on an “as needed” basis. However, I may need to work with a student more often. I will contact parents to receive permission to work with students for a longer period of time.
I am here for all students and I want to ensure that your child has a productive and positive school year. If I can support your child in any way, please feel free to contact me.
In addition to fulfilling these roles, I am also a member of several committees at Mill Creek Towne ES. I work with the CAP (Collaborative Action Process) Team, the IEP Team, the Leadership Team, the OSET Team, and more.