Guidance Counselor

Individual and small group counseling is a service offered to kindergarten through fourth grade students.  Students may be referred for counseling by a parent, a teacher or themselves.  Counseling can be ongoing or short-term based on the problem/situation. Issues that a school counselor might address with students:

  • peer relations
  • school performance
  • anxiety
  • family change
  • grief
  • self-esteem issues
  • anger management
  • conflict resolution
  • new students
  • middle school transition
"Many times, students will request a visit with the counselor regarding a situation at school 
and we will meet briefly to try to resolve the situation, particularly if there has been a 
problem on the playground, hallway, lunchroom...with another student(s). These types of 
visits do not require prior permission from a parent, however I encourage students to go 
home and share with parents and guardians that we spoke and explain why we met. "

If the problem situation resulted in some type of consequence, the student will meet with principal. The counselor does not see students for discipline, but rather to assist in conflict resolution so that the student may return to class and have productive work time.

If a student requires on-going counseling, the counselor will contact the parent to discuss the issues.  Serious behavior problems or certain family issues may require more in-depth counseling with a licensed professional counselor at an outside agency. Mrs. Orr can assist you with more information about resources in the community for counseling. 

Again, you can reach Mrs. Orr at (309) 444-4182 ext 1205 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and Thursday of each week.