Mission of Caley’s Counseling program
The mission of the school counseling program at Caley is to inspire excellence in every student every day by collaborating with stakeholders to provide all students with a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate school counseling program. The program will incorporate career exploration as well as support the academic, social, and emotional needs of students to guide them in becoming responsible citizens. Students will engage in 21st Century learning where they will gain the knowledge and skills to become competent life-long learners who value and respect themselves and others.
As you can see by my mission statement my program is focused on meeting the needs of all students regardless of their race, ethnicity or gender. Through the Counseling Core Curriculum I address topics of: diversity, empathy, kindness, respect, compassion, being an upstander and teaching about the power of their words. I use a variety of books, video clips, role plays and guided discussions to address these topics. See the links on the left side to learn more about the various components of my program.
"Welcome to the Counselor’s Corner"
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 taught 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 loved 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!