Compassionate, motivated school professional
seeking a guidance counselor position. Seventeen years of related
experience contribute to my expertise with teen psychology, crisis
intervention, behavioral supports, effective student planning, educational
guidance, and school-family partnerships.
Collaborative support planning
Group learning dynamics and motivation
Naviance college readiness
NH School Counseling K-12, anticipated spring 2016
MA Elementary Education Professional Licensure, 1-6
MA Moderate Special Needs N-8
Crisis Prevention Intervention Certification
School Counselor InternshipAug 2015 to Current Nashua Public Schools - Nashua, NH
Counseling and Student Support
Coordinated and ran 504 meetings for all seventh grade students. Collaborated weekly in Special Education Team meetings and Child Assistance Team meetings, utilizing strong understanding of student testing, evaluation, and special education processes.
students with trauma histories, ADHD, depression, anxiety, executive function
difficulties, ODD and conduct disorders. Utilized
cognitive behavioral therapy, reality therapy,
and dialectic behavioral
instruction in mindfulness and coping strategies.
Planned, implemented, and monitored interventions for students exhibiting emotional/ behavioral
issues. Empowered teachers through consultation and
modeling of solution-focused
student small groups to target short-term interventions. Designed and taught
relevant topics, including conflict resolution, anger
management, organization and friendships.
Fostered strong family-school partnerships through proactive communication and outreach.
Collaborated to enhance school climate by planning school-wide events, such as Red Ribbon Week and Falcon Follies.
planned and taught Essential Skills classes for sixth grade students. Topics
including study skills, career development, anti-bullying, anxiety, and
Employed the Naviance system to improve student college and career readiness.
Assisted placement of all 6-8th grades students into school-wide advisory groups.
Utilized standardized test scores and X2 to coordinate students for math and reading intervention.
met with, planned for, and monitored the success of students in jeopardy of
failing classes after trimester progress reports.
individual students struggling with executive functioning. Supports
included creating, implementing and maintaining programming for improved organization, study skills and grades, as well as direct instruction in practical strategies.
Alternative Middle School Behavior SpecialistAug 2006 to Jan 2014 Lowell Public Schools - Lowell, MA
Student and Family Support
Coordinated and administered all on-site IEP, 504 plan, Teacher Assistance Team, and student intake meetings.
Provided individual student
support, including FBA data analysis, progressive behavior planning, direct
student intervention and reinforcement.
Fostered strong family-school
partnerships, including proactive communication, family support, and referrals to outside agencies.
Met with parents to resolve
conflicting educational priorities.
Planned and provided student
programming for social skills and violence-prevention.
Collaborated with faculty to
develop after-school tutorial program. Provided direct student tutoring as needed.
Engaged students through field-trip retreats and team-based community service
Faculty Support & Development
Supported teachers implementing
student support interventions and 504 plans in the classroom.
Provided crisis intervention
planning and faculty training. Organized in-service gang violence prevention
Developed and implemented the year one
role out of Positive Behavioral Intervention Support Program.
as school administrator in the coordinator's absence.
informal walk-through observations and provided supervisory teaching
evaluations for faculty.
MCAS administration for the Cardinal O'Connell.
Authored school-wide action plans for creating a professional learning community, educating staff on effort-based learning, creating school data analysis plans, improving faculty collaboration, and instituting social-emotional learning programs.
Elementary Behavior SpecialistJan 2001 to Jan 2006 Lowell Public Schools - Lowell, MA
Provided district-wide case management of students, including coordination school and community support services, home visits and other family outreach.
Observed and assessed the behavior and adjustment of preschool through elementary age students within the classroom, district-wide.
Contributed to team discussions to evaluate and plan for referred students, furbishing oral and written reports.
Consulted with classroom teachers to support students with challenging behaviors within an integrated instruction model to ensure a safe, productive learning environment for all students.
Consulted for Social Skill Classrooms, including implementation, modeling effective positive behavior interventions and coaching new staff.
Empowered faculty by routinely designing and delivering in-service trainings on topics including behavior management, mental health, trauma, and NAEYC standards.
Presented at Annual DOE Kindergarten Conference 2002-2003.
Special Education TeacherAug 1992 to Jun 2001 Reilly School - Lowell, MA
a K-1 Adjustment class for behaviorally or emotionally disabled students
implemented, and monitored behavior modification programs, psychotherapeutic
techniques and social skills training.
Differentiated academic instruction based on students'
cognitive and emotional profiles.
students through integrated cross-discipline curriculum, cooperative learning,
manipulatives and multi-modal instruction.
Member of the School Site Council
Education and Training
School Counseling2015Rivier University - Nashua, NH, U.S.
Graduation anticipated in Spring, 2016
Lowell Public Schools Administrative Apprenticeship Program, School Administration2008Fitchburg State University - Fitchburg, MA, U.S.
Completed a 300 hour, supervised administrative internship
Graduate coursework in
school law, public school finance, supervision and evaluation
Special Needs1991Boston College - Boston, MA
Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education Psychology and History Special NeedsAwards1990Boston College - Boston, MA, U.S.GPA: GPA: 3.30 Recipient of Christa McAuliffe Scholarship
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Companies Worked For:
Nashua Public Schools
Lowell Public Schools
Fitchburg State University
Job Titles Held:
School Counselor Internship
Alternative Middle School Behavior Specialist
Elementary Behavior Specialist
Special Education Teacher
School Counseling 2015 Lowell Public Schools Administrative Apprenticeship Program , School Administration 2008 Special Needs 1991 Bachelor of Arts , Elementary Education Psychology and History Special NeedsAwards 1990
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