Dari Zaiser serves WMS students as school guidance counselor. Ms. Zaiser received her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University in social work. After a few years of work experience, she achieved her master’s degree in 2005 in social work from Illinois State University, followed by a second master’s degree in counseling from Bradley University.
WHAT IS A SCHOOL COUNSELOR?
A trained professional who works in partnership with students, teachers, parents and the community to help students have a successful and positive school experience. Ms. Zaiser shares,
"My work is to help the students of District #52 become responsible individuals, independentthinkers, to develop sound problem solving and decision making skills, and view themselves interms of their fullest potential. I am committed to helping your children explore their abilities,strengths, interests, and talents as these traits relate to their personal and academicdevelopment."
As counselor, Ms. Zaiser provides...
- Consulting with teachers, parents, administrators, and others.
- Listening in an effort to resolve conflicts.
- Helping parents understand how to help their children.
- Referring students to outside referral agencies when appropriate.
- Consulting with other school professionals regarding curriculum decisions.
- Helping students learn responsibility by becoming aware of the consequences of their behavior.
- Maintaining a good public relations program
- Working with children individually and in groups
WHY SEE THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR?
- school problems
- friendship issues
- family difficulties
- fear, worry, stress, and conflict
- change and loss / grief
- self image.
Students are also encouraged to visit Ms. Zaiser whenever they have something positive to share, as well.