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: Stacy_K_Dobres@mcpsmd.org.
It is the counselor's role to support students so they can be their best at school, academically, socially and emotionally. These are some examples of how the counselor supports students and their families:
- 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 the counselor's office just for fun. It helps her 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.
- Parent Consultations: The counselor is available to meet with parents and staff (sometimes together) to discuss student and family concerns.
The counselor also coordinates other Woodlin programs such as:
- Staff Mentoring
- Red Ribbon Week
- Books and Breakfast
- Reading with Relatives
In April, I will be presenting my final lessons for the school year as we prepare for testing during the month of May.
In March, the lessons for Grades K-2 focus on characteristics of a good friend and inclusivity. In Grades 3-5, we are discussing spoken and unspoken forms of peer pressure.
In February, my lessons for Grades K-3 focused on future careers. In Grades 4-5 students were provided with some general information about college, then did an online scavenger hunt to locate the cities of colleges. Woodlin staff members attended.
In the month of January, my classroom guidance for grades 3-5 focused on SMART goal setting. SMART is an acronym, which stands for specific, timely, attainable, realistic, and timely. Students listened to the Sammy Lee Story ("Sixteen years is Sixteen Seconds") which tells the true story of a Korean American who achieved his dream of being both a doctor and an Olympic gold medalist diver. In grades K-2, we reviewed strategies to make a friend, and qualities we look for in a friend. Students listened to Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister and had the opportunity to decorate their own rainbow fishes after they share ways that they help their friends to feel special.
December: I provided kindness lessons to each classroom.
November: My lesson for K-2 reviewed big deals and little deals and strategies students
can use for solving little deals on their own. My lesson for Grades 3-5
was on mindfulness. Students enjoyed the story “Moody Cow Meditates” and
we practiced deep breathing and used visualization to help calm our
October: I presented personal body safety lessons, as mandated by Montgomery County Public Schools. I coordinated Red Ribbon Week, which was celebrated nationwide to highlight the importance of making healthy choices throughout one's life.