Counselor’s Corner
Helping Hand


Counselor:  Rafaela Gonzalez
Phone Number:  480-472-4142

Days at Washington:  Tuesday, Friday and every other Wednesday 

What is a School Guidance Program?

A school counseling program reaches every student and will focus on the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for successful academic achievement, career development, and personal/social growth.  A counselor’s time is spent in a way that maximizes the benefits that every student is able to receive from the program.  Most importantly, a school counseling program is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, and developmental in nature.


Mission Statement

The B.T. Washington Elementary School Counseling department’s mission is educate all students in academic, career, and social competencies which will enhance student achievement and advance them in becoming responsible members of society.   The school counselor develops and maintains a comprehensive program that promotes student attainment of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for lifelong learning and development in the academic, career, social, and emotional domains.


Philosophy Statement

The counselor at B.T. Washington believes:

All willing students are able to achieve when given proper support, and every student should have the opportunity to achieve academic success.  Every student has dignity and worth.  By working collaboratively, parents, students, community members and school staff will be able to ensure that every student reaches their potential.

The counselor at B.T. Washington Elementary School implements an ASCA (American School Counselors Association) National Model program. This approach consists of a system of elements that are interrelated and interdependent. The National Model provides a framework for the program, clearly defines the role of the school counselor, and is measured by student competency attainment.



The counseling department provides services to students through school guidance curriculum, individual academic planning, responsive services and system support.



The school guidance curriculum is delivered by school counselors, and is composed of a written program that is comprehensive in nature.  The guidance curriculum is both preventative and proactive by implementing instruction in academic achievement, career development, and personal/social growth.  The guidance curriculum aligns with the ASCA National student competencies and educates students in the academic domain, career domain, and personal/social domain by promoting knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to enhance student achievement.  Curriculum is delivered through classroom instruction, group activities, and parent instruction.

Classroom guidance curriculum is the instructional component of a counseling program.  It is essential that guidance curriculum is developmentally appropriate, comprehensive and preventative, addresses student competencies and indicators, and is delivered in a systemic fashion to all students.  Classroom instruction is when the counselors provide the instruction of the guidance curriculum, learning activities, or units to the students in the classroom.

Small group curriculum is for identified needs or interests that students need to acquire outside of a classroom setting.  A smaller setting allows a counselor to implement guidance curriculum for students who require specific skill development or attainment. 


Individual Student Planning

Individual student planning allows for school counselors to help individual students create personal and academic goals, and to develop career planning. Students are then able to evaluate these goals through individual or small-group appraisal and advisement.


Responsive Services

The responsive services domain provides activities that are designed to meet any immediate needs and concerns a student may have.  Responsive services are delivered through individual and small-group counseling, consultations, crisis counseling, peer facilitation, and referrals to outside agencies.


System Support

System support is where school counselors engage in management activities that establish, maintain, contribute, and empower the school counseling program.  School counselors act as advocates for the students through professional development, consultation, collaboration, and program management.



What services are offered in the school counseling and guidance program?

The counseling program includes:


§         Character Education Lessons


§         Individual Counseling


§         Group Counseling


§         Behavior/Self Improvement Plans


§         Peer Mediation


§         Parent/Family Conferences


§         Career Exploration


§         Referral Resources


§         Classroom Observation


§         Home Visits



How can parents/guardians contact the school counselor?

You may schedule an appointment with the counselor at any time during the school year by calling the counselor directly.  The counselor’s schedule is a busy one.  Making an appointment guarantees time to discuss any concerns.


When should a parent or guardian contact the school counselor?

If at any time there is a concern for a child, at school or at home, please do not hesitate to see the school counselor.


Common concerns that a school counselor addresses:

  • Changes in behavior at school or at home
  • Academic issues
  • Bullying
  • Friendship
  • Anger
  • Death of a family member or a pet
  • Family changes

 T Washington’s school counseling program received the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) award in 2008.  The RAMP designation identifies BT. Washington as an exemplary educational environment.


The purpose of the RAMP award is to recognize:

l      Exceptional ASCA Model Programs that are comprehensive in scope, preventative in design and developmental in nature

l      Programs that reach every student and are driven by data.

l      Programs that focus on knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for successful academic achievement, career development, and personal/social growth

l      Programs where the counselors’ time is spent in a way that maximizes the benefits that every student is able to receive from the program.