I began working as the Elementary School Counselor at Union School District in 2004. I previously worked at Butler School District as a School Counselor and for the Riverview IU6 as a Parent Partner. I also taught fourth grade at Clarion Elementary before becoming a school counselor.
I received a bachelor’s degree at Clarion University in Communications then a post baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in Elementary School Counseling at Slippery Rock University.
I graduated from Clarion High School in 1988 and currently live in Lucinda with my husband Mike and 3 children, Corbin, Gabriel and Bryn. As a family we enjoy the outdoors with snow skiing, boating on the Clarion River and riding our bikes. I am also an avid runner.
My philosophy as a school counselor is to provide a Comprehensive and Developmental Elementary School Counseling Program. I work with all students in grades K-6 on a weekly basis either in small or large group guidance or individual sessions. I have created a program that strives to meet the needs of all students not just those in crisis. I have numerous programs and activities that students can participate in such as daily lunch groups, peer mentoring, Lunch Buddies that utilizes select high school students as mentors, Anti Drug/Alcohol lessons during Red Ribbon Week, Anti-Bullying activities and lessons, Character Education in weekly guidance lessons per classroom, XC Running Club, Career Day, and an annual Talent Show to name a few.
My goal as the Elementary School Counselor at Union School District is to help empower all students to make good choices, gain self worth and inner strength, and create a positive attitude to help build the foundation for success in their futures.