O'Connor Elementary School Counseling

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Office Hours 7:00-3:00


Although we are all online for now, please know that I am still available to help your child and family during this time.  We know that many families have been through very difficult experiences during the last few months.  

If you need help with technology, such as getting a device or internet access, please click on the red HELP button on the O'Connor home page.

If you need assistance with health and wellness concerns such as long term counseling, medical resources, or other basic needs such as food or clothing please also use the red HELP button on our home page.

If you would like me to reach out to your child personally for a meeting or you would like to set up a time to talk with me, please click on the "Request to Meet with the Counselor" button to the right and I will reach out within 24 business hours.


I am the new FULL TIME counselor at O’Connor this year.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling.  I spent about 15 years working with children as a counselor and social worker in the community.  After getting my degree in School Counseling, I spent two years as a school counselor at an elementary in Queen Creek.  Being a school counselor is my dream job and I can’t wait to work with the students and families of O’Connor Elementary.

What Does the Counselor Do?

coping skillsCLASSROOM LESSONS:  Throughout the school year I give lessons in all K-6 classrooms on various social/emotional 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 O’Connor.

SMALL GROUPSgroup of children:  Small, grade-level groups that run six weeks at a time.  These groups address topics such as social skills, emotional management, making friends and other topics as needed. Students may be referred by teachers, parents, or other staff.



RESPONSIVE SERVICES:  This includes crisis intervention, interventions 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.



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