Mrs. Anderson, School Counselor
Hello! My name is Corrie Anderson and I am the school counselor at Sherman Elementary. I am excited to return to Sherman for my 7th year! I graduated from the College of Idaho in 1999 with a bachelors degree in psychology, and then continued my education at Northwest Nazarene University with a masters degree in Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and am a member of the American School Counseling Association (ASCA). I have had 17 years of experience working with elementary students and I am very excited to get to know all of the little Gators here at Sherman!
As the school counselor, it is my responsibility to help each student develop their academic, career, personal, and social abilities through a comprehensive developmental guidance program. A school counselor works as a team with staff, parents, and the community to create a successful atmosphere for students.
A school counselor plans, organizes, implements, and evaluates a comprehensive developmental guidance program that promotes the educational, career, personal, and social development of students. The comprehensive developmental guidance program should include the following 4 components: guidance curriculum, responsive services, individual planning system, and system support.
Guidance curriculum is taught through classroom instruction by the school counselor as a preventative or remedial measure that focuses on the developmental needs of students. School counselors use the American School Counselor Association National Model to adapt their program to their school's needs. This model provide competencies and desired learning outcomes that play a key role in accountability. Examples of guidance units may include academic support (test-taking skills for instance), goal setting, career awareness, peer relationships, communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, diversity awareness, etc.
Responsive services includes meeting with individual or small groups of students to counsel. Small group counseling services are available through teacher referral, parent referral, staff referral or self referral by any student. Short term individual counseling is available as needed. Counselors might also consult with parents, staff, or educators, refer students to other school support services or community resources, and provide intervention or advocacy at a systemic level.
An individual planning system helps students plan, monitor, and manage the decisions needed to be made throughout their educational career to establish goals and develop future plans. It educates students on understanding themselves and their strengths and weaknesses.
System support involves supporting the staff, parents, and members of the community in the context of the program goals. This includes consulting and coordinating to help increase the effectiveness of the program and promote student success. It may also involve professional development.
I look forward to working with your student this year and please don't hesitate to contact me if there are any questions.