Welcome to Mrs. Sanchez (Garcia) Homepage!
I am excited to be part of your community as your child's school counselor at Longfellow Elementary School. As your child's school counselor, I am committed to helping our students achieve academic excellence, create short and long-term goals, engage in social and emotional lessons, provide a safe and respectful environment, and help our students have a positive experience now and as they pursue higher education in the future.
Please enjoy the wonderful virtual calm room, video about big changes and feelings, links that provide resources, check-ins, and most importantly get to know Mrs. Sanchez (Garcia)- your school counselor.
Although we are currently online, please know everyone at Longfellow is still available to help your child and family during this time. Click the "HELP" red button if you need assistance with health and wellness concerns (counseling, medical resources, food, or basic needs), technology (getting a device/computer or internet connection), contacting your child's teacher, or other.
Mrs. Sanchez (Garcia) is Longfellow's School Counselor- bilingual (Spanish and English):
My name is Mrs. Sanchez (Garcia). I attended Arizona State University and received my Bachelor's in Psychology, with a minor in Family & Human Development. After completing my Bachelor's, I attended Grand Canyon University and received my Master's in Professional Counseling. Prior to working at Longfellow Elementary School, I worked as a counselor at an outpatient agency for 2 years and worked for Mesa Community College, as a Financial Aid Specialist, for over 9 years. Fun facts about me: I love the color navy blue, I love dogs, I practice mindfulness by drawing, listening to music, and practicing deep breathing, and some might say I laugh really loud.
What Does the Counselor Do?
Classroom Lessons: Throughout the school year, students, K-6th grade learn social and emotional learning skills. Topics include bullying prevention, coping skills, managing emotions, mindfulness, kindness, appreciating diversity, and conflict resolution. Additional topics can be identified through teacher surveys so that they uniquely meet the needs of the students at Longfellow.
Small Groups: Small groups address social skills, emotional management, making friends, and other topics as needed. Students may be referred by teacher, parents, or other staff. Students are welcome to join Mrs. Sanchez (Garcia) during their lunch time.
Individual Sessions: This includes crisis intervention, intervention to support students following discipline, and some limited short-term individual counseling to help students with coping skills. For longer term needs, I can help students and families seek outside support.