You can call me Mrs. Hawkins and I am the School Counselor here at Pleasant Grove Middle School. As the School Counselor, I focus on the social/personal, academic, and career exploration needs of our students. I meet with students both on an individual level and in group settings. I will also be in the classrooms throughout the year providing curriculum related to mental health, organization, social skills, study skills, and more. It is my job to work collaboratively with parents, teachers, students, and support staff to help students succeed academically.
A little about myself. I am originally from the Northern Bay area and I am really excited about my move to the warmer weather here. I received my Bachelors from the University Of California, Davis where I double-majored in Psychology and Communication. I have a Masters of Science in Counseling from Sacramento State University. I have been working with students for 8 years in a variety of capacities. This is my third year at Pleasant Grove and I am currently training a Goldendoodle puppy to hopefully be Pleasant Groves's first therapy dog. I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel all over the world and find it a passion to discover new places. When I am not counseling I am traveling, taking lots of photos and playing with my new puppy Truckee.
Parent conferences and consultation are an important part of my job. If you have specific concerns regarding your child that may impact their school success please reach out to me.
SERVICES OFFERED by the counseling program
Assistance with Organization
Report Card Monitoring
Referrals for High School Tutors
Short-term Individual Counseling
Referrals to Community Resources
Psychoeducation for Students
Parent Meetings on Request
Schoolwide Classroom Lessons
Crisis screening and response
Restorative justice sessions
Anger and anxiety de-escalation
Information & brochures library
Peer to peer conflict resolution
Interest inventory for College and job exploration
School counselors work collaboratively with ALL students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the local community agencies to help students with their academic success. School Counselors provide individual counseling, group counseling and classroom lessons to students throughout the year. School counselors work on three domains with students, Academic, Career, and Social/Personal. School Counselors build comprehensive school counseling programs and curriculum that are developed around each schools specific needs. The School Counselor's role is to support the academic development of students which can mean identifying social and emotional issues that get in the way of academic success. School counselors work with students on issues that may impede their ability to be successful in classrooms. There are limits to what school counselors do. School counselors are not therapists and do no provide ongoing therapy. When ongoing therapy is needed, counselors work collaboratively with parents to meet students needs.
The Link Below is ASCA (American School Counselor Association) video explanation of School Counselor's role:
The mission of the School Counseling Program is to partner with families, staff, and students to empower every student to be successful. The School Counseling Program will do this by providing a safe environment in which all individuals are respected, valued, connected, and supported to foster social, academic, and emotional growth. The school counseling program will accomplish this through classroom lessons, group counseling, and individual counseling.
Pleasant Grove's School Counseling Departments Vision Statment
The school counseling program will help prepare students for the ever-changing challenges of society by equipping all students with the tools, resources, and supports to be respectful members of their communities. We focus on building and fostering self-esteem and resilience skills for all students so they can reach their fullest potential. We are dedicated to providing students with a safe and equitable environment to ensure their academic, career, and personal/social success while fostering relationships with families and the community. We will continuously evaluate the effectiveness of our program through the utilization of data and participation in regular professional development in order to maximize student achievement.
The school Counseling program will realize success when
All student believe they can learn
All students can recognize and apply their strengths to identify and overcome barriers
All students promote an atmosphere of social justice and equity
All students can identify personal strengths and weakness, identify careers that match their interests, passion, and skills, identify learning styles, and support their achievements and identify short-term and long-term goals
All students leave middle school inspired to actively pursue learning opportunities and experience in and you fo the classroom to enhance their passion for learning
All students are involved in positive connections and mentorship relationships with adults, are able to recognize and seek help when needed, and are positive role models and mentors to others.
If Students would like to meet with me they may drop a slip in my lock box located outside my door, this box is checked each morning and afternoon. They may also ask any teacher or staff member throughout the day to come to the office to see me.
If teachers are concerned about a student they can e-mail or call to refer a student.
If a parent has concerns and would like to meet regarding their child they may call, e-mail or come by my office during my hours.