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My name is Stacy Dobres, and I am so happy to be the counselor at Woodlin Elementary School.  I look forward to collaborating with Woodlin staff, and families, to ensure that all Woodlin students thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.   

I am a proud graduate of Montgomery County Public Schools.  I earned my B.A, in Psychology, and Elementary Education, from Western Maryland College, and I taught fourth and second grades in MCPS for seven years.  After earning an M.S, in Counseling, from Johns Hopkins University, I counseled at the middle school level in MCPS for eight years. 

In my free time, I play on multiple volleyball and softball teams, and I try to run at least one 5K race a month.  Additionally, I love going to the theatre and attending Ravens football games with my family.  

I am looking forward to another great year at Woodlin Elementary School! If any questions arise, please feel free to contact me at 240-740-2820, or email me at:  

 What is a counselor? Click on this link for a brochure to learn more:  Counselor Brochure 


Counseling Updates  

In April ingrades K-2, I will be revisiting with students what it means to be respectful in the classroom, cafeteria, hallway, and playground.  

In grades 3-4, I will be discussing with students what an advocate is, how to advocate for yourself, and others, respectfully, when it is necessary to advocate for oneself or others, and why it is important to be an advocate for oneself and others.  In 5th grade, I will be doing a presentation on sexual harassment in conjunction with the family life curriculum.  

 In March we focused on college and career readiness. In K-3, we will focused on careers we might like to have in the future, and skills needed to attain those careers. In grades 4 and 5, we explored colleges. On March 9 our fifth graders took a tour of the University of Maryland, College Park campus (photo below).

Grade 5 Visits University of Maryland
  In January and February we reviewed how to "de-bug" when someone is bugging them. In grades 3-5, we read Salt in His Shoes  about Michael Jordan in order to re-introduce SMART (Specific, Measureable , Attainable, Relevant and Timely) goals. 


Spirit week 1 2017 Spirit Week 2 2017

Reminder to those families receiving free or reduced lunch: 

Students who receive free and reduced lunch are also entitled to receive breakfast, either free or at the reduced price.  Children are able to get breakfast from 8:30-8:45 in the lunch room.  They can just go to the lunch room when they get off the bus.    

It is the counselor’s role to support students so they can be their best at school, academically, socially and emotionally.  In order to do this the Woodlin Counseling Program has several components. 

For Students  

Monthly Classroom Counseling Lessons – Topics include respect, friendship, and bullying.

Individual Counseling – Students are identified through parent, teacher and self-referral.

Counseling Groups – Groups could meet at lunch or throughout the day.  Themes are determined by need at each grade level.  Popular topics are social skills, study skills, self-esteem, anger management and family changes.

Grade Level Lunch Bunches - Students have an opportunity to have lunch bunch in my office just for fun. It helps me get to know individual students better, and also provides students, who are not comfortable talking in a large group setting, a chance to express themselves in a smaller group.     


Consultations: I am available to meet with parents and staff (sometimes together) to discuss student and family concerns.

Counseling Resources

Below are some links to websites on bullying. There are many resources for parents. Communicating with your children about these topics can help to build resiliency and promote positive interactions with others.


Other Student Support Programs at Woodlin

Staff Mentoring  


Books and Breakfast

Reading with Relatives

Lunch with a Loved One 

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