Counselors

Samantha Stanford

My name is Samantha Stanford, and I am the full-time counselor at Summit Hall Elementary School. I received my Bachelors in English from Towson University in 2016 and my Masters in School Counseling from the University of Maryland in 2018. I’m looking forward to having a great year here, and beginning my career as a school counselor at Summit Hall.  

While at Summit Hall your child can see me one on one, in a small group, or in the classroom during a guidance lesson. If you need to talk to me, I can be reached at (301) 284-4150 or you can email me at samantha_stanford@mcpsmd.org. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Jennifer Sumner 
My name is Jennifer Sumner and I work part-time as a school counselor at Summit Hall. I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology with a certificate in child and family studies. In 2016 I obtained my Masters in School Counseling from McDaniel College. However, before being a counselor I worked with Montgomery County Schools as a paraeducator. I look forward to working with your child and having an exciting year here at Summit Hall. Your child may see me during classroom lessons, in small groups, or individual meetings.   If you need to talk to me, I can be reached at (301) 284-4150 or you can email me at Jennifer_M_Sumner@mcpsmd.org.  Looking forward to a great year.


Services Provided

As a Counselor, we have the privilege to work with every single student in the school. We work with students at the classroom level, small group level, as well as at the short-term individual counseling level. 
CLASSROOM GUIDANCE LESSONS:

  • These lessons will be presented in the classroom for students in grades K-5. Lessons will teach developmentally appropriate, preventative lessons to all children.

  • The six pillars of character from the Character Counts Program is also a vital part of the framework for the counseling program. It will help students focus on virtues needed to treat themselves, others, and their world with respect. There are 6 pillars of Character that we practice: Respect, Citizenship, Caring, Fairness, Responsibility and Trustworthiness. Each month we focus on a different pillar.

GROUP COUNSELING:

  • Group counseling is provided for small groups of students experiencing similar concerns. These may include making and keeping friends, anger management, coping with separation/divorce and or loss, getting organized/study skills and/or improving self-esteem. The groups generally range from 4 to 6 students and last for 6 to 8 sessions. The students for groups can be recommended by parents/guardians or by staff members. Permission slips must be signed by parents for students to participate in groups.

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING:

  • One-on-one counseling support is available to all students in grades pre K to 5. Students may self-refer or be referred to the counselors by teachers/staff and/or parents. Confidentiality is respected.

CONSULTATIONS:

  • We are available to have meetings with teachers, administrators and/or parents to discuss the needs of individual students.

  • We am here for all students and want to ensure that your child has a productive and positive school year. If we can support your child in anyway, please don’t hesitate to contact one of us at (301) 284-4150.


**Confidentiality**

Please note that all information discussed between a counselor and your child is confidential unless they are planning on hurting themselves, hurting someone else or someone is hurting them.


Techniques Used

DEBUG:

  • Decide to Ignore

  • Exit- walk away

  • Be Friendly- Use friendly words.

    • *Use I messages....

      • "I feel ______ when you________.

      • I would like you to ____________."

  • Use Firm Words

    • "I am really ______. Stop it right now!!"

  • Get Adult Help.

I-MESSAGE

I-messages help us to express our feelings and solve problems in a peaceful way.

I feel ______ when you________.

I would like you to ____________.

Don’t forget to:

  1. Tell how you feel.

  2. Tell what happened to make you feel that way.

  3. Tell what would make things better for you.

  4. Don’t blame, insult, name call, or threaten.


Resources

PARENT RESOURCES

  • Crisis Center Hotline: 240-777-4000/240-777-4190

  • Youth Crisis Hotline: 301-738-9697

  • Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline 240-777-4417

  • Spouse Abuse/Abused Persons Crisis Line: 240-777-4673

  • Emergency Shelter: 240-777-4000

HELPFUL WEBSITES

INFORMATION ON CHARACTER COUNTS

INFORMATION ON BULLYING

INFORMATION ON ADD/AHD