My name is Melissa Doan and I am joining Westminster Elementary as the School Counselor. This school year will mark my 16th year working with Carroll County Public Schools.
I have a dual Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling and School Counseling and I also earned an Education Specialist degree in School Psychology. In addition to my graduate degrees I hold state licensure to practice as a school psychologist and as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.
I love working with elementary aged students and I am extremely excited to be here and be a part of such a wonderful school and community.
As the School Counselor my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students. I look forward to offering support to the students, families, staff, and community.
If you would like to speak with me about your child, feel free to contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 410-751-3222.
At Westminster Elementary School, I provide a safe and confidential environment for students to discuss many topics regarding their social/emotional needs, career goals as well as academic success.
Some topics that we may discuss include: friendship issues, stress, time management, goal-setting, academic planning, bullying, family changes, social skills, organization, career exploration and development of problem solving skills.
Small Group Counseling
Throughout the year, I run small counseling groups based on the needs of the students. These are the following group topics that may be run in any given school year:
- Social Skills
- Divorce or Family Changes.
- Organization/Study Skills
Classroom Counseling Lessons
Throughout the year, I will provide many classroom lessons that are geared specifically to the needs of the students and the school. I provide a comprehensive counseling program that covers all three ASCA domains of career, academics and social/emotional needs.
I provide many academic interventions to enhance student success. I work individually with students on their time management skills, study skills and organization. I occasionally conduct classroom observations or complete weekly assessments of student's academic progress. I work with teachers to provide supplementary interventions unique to each student’s specific needs, in order to ensure that every student will excel to their highest academic potential.
I collaborate with administration and faculty to facilitate behavioral interventions for students in need of support in the areas of safety, respect, and responsibility.
I work closely with staff, administration and parents to monitor the progress of students and to ensure that effective interventions are provided. I attend weekly meetings discussing student concerns related to academics, social/emotional, and attendance concerns. In addition, I work closely with middle school counselors and fifth grade students in preparation for their transition to middle school.
Here are a few helpful resources!Carroll County Public School Counselor Roles and ServicesAmerican School Counselor AssociationConnect With KidsSandbox Learning 101 Things to do this SummerOne Tough JobCarroll County Youth Services BureauGet Connected: Family Resource CenterHuman Services Programs of Carroll CountyCoping with Grief