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District Five Guidance Counselors Selected to Present at State Conference

IRMO, SC - Four elementary school guidance counselors from Lexington-Richland School District Five have been selected to present an exhibit at the Palmetto State School Counselor Association (PSSCA) Annual Conference. The counselors that will present are: Cynthia Thibault of River Springs Elementary School, Jennifer Metts of Oak Pointe Elementary School, Sara Beckman of Dutch Fork Elementary School and Estelene Nichols of H.E. Corley Elementary School.

Thibault and Metts will present “I’m Anxious, Stressed and Worried - and I’m Only a Kid.” At this exhibit, strategies and resources will be shared for helping elementary students cope with anxiety, fears and worries that keep them from being the most successful student they can be. Thibault and Metts will share ideas for working with individuals and small groups of children as well as resources for the adults.

Beckman currently serves as the Elementary Vice President of the PSSCA and will present “Mad? Sad? Glad? Coaching Toward Emotional Regulation in the Classroom.” Following a brief overview of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) principles, counselors will discover techniques to use with students, and strategies to coach teachers in creating a positive classroom community. The interventions address managing student responses such as frustration, anxiety, sadness and impulsiveness. The strategies and information provided during this presentation will benefit counselors whether or not they work in PBIS schools.

Nichols’ session is entitled “Personality Types! What is Your Personality and How Can It Help You as a Counselor?” Attendees will learn about the four personality types (Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Choleric and Melancholic) and how they affect all relationships in our life. Guidance counselors can be the link to help teachers understand the four different personality types with their children in the classroom as well as helping us all understand each other better. An assessment will be offered so that attendees can review their individual personality type.

Director of Elementary Education Michael Guliano was elated to find out that four guidance counselors from District Five had been selected as presenters. “Our elementary guidance counselors have a passion for learning and believe in continuous improvement to best meet the needs of all our students,” Guliano said. “In addition, they possess a wealth of valuable expertise to share with other colleagues from across the state of South Carolina, which is validated by all three proposals being accepted at the state conference.”

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