Welcome back! As the SCIS Middle School Counselor, I believe in a nurturing, strengths-based approach that values the uniqueness of each student. Originally from Minnesota, in the U.S., this is my fourth year with SCIS. Adolescence is an exiting, yet challenging time; for students and parents alike. I am a great listener and look forward to collaborating with you and our staff to support your child’s personal/social and academic development.
We have a new Guidance and Counseling Room, so please stop in to visit the next time you are on campus! You can find me in Room C-109 (around the stairway near the MS Plaza). This new SCIS student support resource offers a comfortable and inviting space to chill out with friends during break periods, for guidance lessons, and additional privacy when seeking confidential support. Small group sessions for student mediation, parent workshops and collaborative meetings with teachers are also offered.
Over the course of this year, parents will learn more about our guidance programs and resources, along with updates regarding future community learning seminars on topics of interest to our parent community.
At the start of each year, I am particularly mindful of supporting our students in transition, including our 30 new students and our incoming 6th Graders to join our already exceptional community of learners. I have the distinct pleasure of serving as the Student Ambassador Program Coordinator and am particularly impressed by the efforts of our student leaders, who serve as mentors, or ‘buddies’ to foster a caring and welcoming school environment. Student Ambassador leaders welcome our new students, help them find their way around campus and meet friends. International schools are deeply impacted be transitions, or the regular arrival and departure of students. Peer relationships, and the resulting shift in social networks, greatly impact student learning. To ease this social adjustment process, it is important for all students to connect with at least one friend. Student Ambassadors prioritize the needs of others and serve as my additional eyes and ears to reach out to students whose friendship circle has experienced a dynamic change.
Your feedback, as your child adjusts to the complexities of adolescence over the course of the school year is much appreciated. Please also know that we are closely monitoring the needs of all students. I look forward to supporting your child and to an exciting year!