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Counseling Services

At Lakota, the counselor's role is an integral part of the educational experience of each child. Our mission is to serve each student's individual, academic and developmental needs.

School counselors at every Lakota school assist in the development of the whole child through personal, social, educational and career counseling. The foundation for this begins in elementary school and continues throughout the student's school career. Elementary counselors are highly involved in fostering safe, healthy, nurturing environments for children and participate in their school building goals and strategies that support an optimal learning environment.

Counselors help set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills children need to become healthy, competent, and confident learners. Teamwork is essential as counselors work with students, staff, parents, and community resources to provide support for students to achieve their goals.

To meet licensure requirements, Ohio School Counselors must obtain a Master’s degree in the field of counseling and a license/certificate from the Ohio Department of Education. School counselors remain current in their field by meeting continuing education requirements.

School guidance curriculum areas include:

  • Academic Support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills;
  • Goal setting and decision-making;
  • Career awareness, exploration and planning;
  • Education on understanding self and others;
  • Peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills;
  • Character education;
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness;
  • Dealing with loss and grief;
  • Transition support/adjustment to change; and
  • Problem-solving and conflict resolution.

Counselors assist student, staff and parents in a variety of ways.

Students

  • Individual counseling
  • Group guidance and counseling
  • Academic support
  • Peer education
  • Peer support
  • School climate
  • Transition to new schools
  • Crisis intervention
  • Support groups
  • Career education

Staff

  • Classroom guidance activities
  • Academic support and addressing underachievement
  • At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success
  • School climate
  • Behavioral management plans
  • Student data and results
  • Student assistance team building
  • Classroom speakers

 

Parents

  • Communication & Networking
  • Academic planning
  • Parent education
  • Career awareness programs
  • One-on-one parent conferencing
  • Interpretation of assessment results
  • Referral to community agencies and resources

Counselor Directory

Tara Bessler

Guidance
East High

Andrea Bryant

Guidance
East High

Amy Burns

Guidance
Union Elementary

Kelly Carstens

Guidance
Ridge Junior

Marty Cieslak

Guidance
West Freshman

Kimberly Doty

Counselor
Adena Elementary

Michelle Durling

Counselor
West High

Bob Emig

Counselor
West High

Angela Fisher

Guidance
East High

Bob Gelter

Guidance
West Freshman

Jennifer Gillum

Guidance
Wyandot Early Childhood School

Dana Hallgarth

Guidance
Liberty Early Childhood School

Dawn Hill

Counselor
Heritage Early Childhood School

Michele Hively

Guidance

Nina Inzero

Counselor
East High

Mary Jones

Guidance
East Freshman
Jason Kennison

Jason Kennison

Guidance
Cherokee Elementary

David Klaserner

Guidance
East Freshman

Andria Lapthorn

Guidance
Hopewell Junior

Brittany Larkin

Guidance
Shawnee Early Childhood School

Allison McIntosh

Guidance
Hopewell Early Childhood School

Jennifer Millard

Guidance
East High

Amy Moorman

Guidance
Adena Elementary

Kira Murphy

Counselor
Lakota Central

Brenda Paget

Guidance
Plains Junior

Matt Rabold

Guidance
East Freshman

Demarco Robinson

Guidance
Liberty Junior

Erin Roessner

Guidance
Woodland Elementary

Jordan Rosenfield

Guidance
West High

Bradley Rubin

Guidance
West High

Jennifer Russell

Guidance
Creekside Early Childhood School

Rachel Smith

Guidance
VanGorden Elementary

Nicole Stewart

Guidance
West High

Kathy Wiseman

Guidance
Endeavor Elementary

Audrey Young

Guidance
Freedom Elementary