Hello! My name is Rachael Barker. I am the school counselor at Willard Elementary. I am excited for this upcoming school year. Willard students are amazing, and I am excited to watch them learn and grow this year.
I work with students through classroom presentations, small groups, and short term one on one counseling. I work closely with teachers and they also help reinforce the lessons taught in their classrooms. I do not provide therapy but can help with local agencies and resources if that is something that is needed.
Check out the counselor corner or the school newsletter each month for the latest information on the lessons being presented in your student(s) classroom and some ideas you can do to help support the skills being taught.
Please call or email me if you have questions or concerns related to your student(s).
This short YouTube video explains why Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is so important! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikehX9o1JbI&feature=youtu.be
Mind Yeti is used to help teach your children about mindfulness practices. Mindfulness is a research-based practice that helps prepare kids to learn and deal with strong emotions by calming their minds. Go to mindyeti.com to access a few of the free online resources.