ROLE OF COUNSELING AT BMS
BMS employs a full-time school counselor throughout the academic school year. The primary role of the counselor is to offer one-on-one support, group counseling support and weekly classroom counseling groups. Referrals for one-on-one and group services are made by Bluffview staff for additional support deemed appropriate through observed needs in the classroom setting. Weekly classroom counseling groups are designed to focus on social-emotional learning and positive life skills through a variety of developmentally-appropriate lessons. The lessons are structured around five competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making, all in alignment with the Montessori philosophy.
About the Counselor
I joined Bluffview Montessori at the start of 2023 and my first day of work was canceled due to a winter storm – the classic Minnesota experience. BMS has a special place in my heart and I’m a strong believer in the Montessori approach to education. Also, my two children have been a part of this school community starting in 2017. It’s been a fun adventure and I look forward to what the future holds.
My background is in psychology and sociology with 10+ years experience in direct-services youth work and program management. I’m also a trained circle-keeper and restorative justice practitioner having spent six years as a program coordinator with the Winona County Restorative Justice Program. There I worked primarily with teenage youth throughout Winona County in a variety of capacities. With my ambition to work in a school setting, I moved on to WAPS where I then served for three-and-a-half years as the program manager for Miller Mentoring. Now that I’m here at BMS, I’m back to working directly with young people which is where my passions lie.
As a part of the Bluffview Montessori community, my ultimate goal is to meet the needs of all of our learners while cultivating strong relationships with students, staff, families and community partners. I look forward to getting to know you all over time. We’re at our best when we’re working together and I’m genuinely honored to work at this wonderful school.