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Ms. Kimberly Page » School Counselor

School Counselor

Welcome VHA students and families.  My name is Kimberly Page and this is my 11th year as the School Counselor, and I am excited to get started on yet another great school year! I am here to help your child navigate through the wonderful and sometimes challenging elementary and middle school years. As a School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students.

As the Counselor, I have the privilege to work with every single student in the school. I work with students in the classroom, small groups and as well individual.  

Classroom Lessons:  I will be teaching Social Emotional Learning to students K-6.  Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through children acquire and effectively apply knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Group Counseling- Provided for small groups experiencing similar concerns.  These may include making and keeping friends, anger management, coping with separation/divorce and or loss, getting organized/study skills and/or improving self-esteem.  

Individual Counseling- counseling support for students.  Usually short term.

For grades  K-2 I will be using PATHS curriculum and for 3-6, I will be using the Second-Step curriculum.  Both curriculum are designed to promote:

  • Self-awareness enables students to recognize the impact of emotions and thoughts on behavior. It includes assessing strengths and weaknesses accurately, leading to a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.
  • Self-management is the ability to regulate emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations.
  • Social awareness develops perspective about, and empathy for, others; an understanding of social and ethical norms for behavior; and a recognition of resources for support from family, home, and community.
  • Relationship skills are needed to establish and maintain healthy connections. They include communicating clearly, listening actively, and cooperating, as well as resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help.
  • Responsible decision-making makes possible constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, and a realistic evaluation of outcomes in a given situation.