"Welcome to the Counselor’s Corner"
Dear Upper Merion Elementary Families -
We wanted to connect with you because we are thinking about you! Here are a few things your elementary school counselors want to remind you about...
1. It is totally normal to be feeling lots of different emotions right now - sadness, worry, fear, anxiety, loneliness, etc. Kids and adults are feeling so many of these right now and it’s ok. Talk with each other about it! Draw about it or write about it. Remember to practice your belly breathing (smell the flower, blow out the birthday candle) and other strategies that we have practiced to calm your brain and body. Staying active can also help with your emotions!
2. We are still here to support you even though you can’t see us! Parents and students both, please email us if you have questions, concerns or just want to connect. We care about you!
Bridgeport Elementary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Caley Elementary - email@example.com
Candlebrook Elementary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Gulph Elementary - email@example.com
Roberts Elementary - firstname.lastname@example.org
3. We will get through this together! When the district sends information about academic work, you will get some social emotional materials as well. These should be feel-good and self-care activities for students and families during this tough time. Don’s stress out about them but if you want to record your “bingos” and bring them back to school to show us how much you accomplished, feel free to do so!
Your Elementary School Counselors
Name: Barbara MicucciSchool: Caley Elementary SchoolRoom No: A205 and the Main OfficePosition: School Counselor
Office Phone: 610-205-3661
Guidance room: 610-205-8606
I have been an educator for over 30 years. I began my career as a special education teacher in the Philadelphia School District. After teaching for 6 years I went back to school and received my Masters Degree in Counseling and Human Services from Villanova University. I continued working in the Philadelphia School District as a counselor working with children in grades K - 8 for 12 years. I am now beginning my 21st year as a school counselor at Caley Elementary School. I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful and supportive community.In 2010 I was selected by the American School Counselor Association as the "2010 School Counselor of the Year." This organization recognizes top notch, comprehensive counseling programs across the country. ASCA invited me and my principal as well as the other finalists to go to Washington and meet with members of Congress, participate in a congressional briefing, visit the Department of Education and they sponsored a black tie gala where I was formally recognized. It was a very humbling experience and I was proud to represent our school district. If you want to see the video that was created copy and paste the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qkje0MQH1lg.Caley is the second school in Montgomery county to receive the RAMP designation. RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program) is awarded for aligning your program with the criteria in the ASCA National Model and acknowledges you are delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program. Caley becomes only the 16th school in Pennsylvania to receive this designation.In addition to being the counselor at Caley Elementary School I also teach at the University level. I taught at Arcadia University in their Psychology Department for 14 years and was also an adujnct professor at the University of Pennsylvania. I love working with graduate students and helping them prepare to enter the counseling field. I am very passionate about being a school counselor and hope to convey that message to others.I am involved in professional counseling organizations at the national, state and local level and often present at their conferences. I served on the American School Counselor Association's board from 2012 - 2015. I am the past president of Montgomery County Counseling Association and was the Elementary Professional Interest Network (PIN) chair for the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association.Some people call me the "Mad Hatter" because I wear many hats at Caley. Here are some of the things I do:I am very creative and spend my time cooking up lessons for lunch bunches, classroom guidance, small groups, and individual counseling.You may also see me building connections between home andschool through parent workshops, conferences, and many phone calls!
When students come to me, I help them tofind solutions to their problems.
I try to take care of the “hurts” on the insideand help students to feel better.I think that being at Caley is magical!