St. Patrick Welcomes New School CounselorAugust 23, 2019
Hello! My name is Jenny Garcia and I am the full-time school counselor at St. Patrick School. I am thrilled to continue working with my fellow educators, parents, and community members who are passionate about the education we provide to our students. In college, I was unsure of my career path. I knew I wanted […]
Hello! My name is Jenny Garcia and I am the full-time school counselor at St. Patrick School. I am thrilled to continue working with my fellow educators, parents, and community members who are passionate about the education we provide to our students.
In college, I was unsure of my career path. I knew I wanted to do some sort of counseling but was not sure where I belonged. My interest in school counseling began during my assistance in a DK/Kindergarten class where I was assigned to tutor any students falling behind. I found myself working more to help the social/emotional needs of the students and quickly realized how much better students excelled academically when their social/emotional needs were met. This experience sparked my passion for thinking about the many aspects of students and how it can affect their development.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University during this time. After enjoying two years of being at home with my own children, I pursued my master’s to become a school counselor. My program was heavily rooted in ideals from the American School Counselor Association as well as the idea that as school counselors, we are educators with a specialty in school counseling.
My goal is to provide support and services to all students, catering to the individualized needs of each and every student. Certain services like classroom guidance lessons are provided to all students in an effort to prevent concerns or issues from occurring. Some students need more services like intervention, individual counseling, small group counseling, check-ins, mentor programs, referrals to professional counseling services, etc. I strive to reduce any issues or barriers that may prevent students from learning so that students can become their best selves and be successful within the school setting.
More specifically, each school level may receive different types of support. For our elementary students, the focus is primarily on social/emotional needs with beginning stages of learning about academic skills and careers. Middle school students will continue the fundamentals of career exploration and learning essential academic skills to prepare them for high school. They will also receive guidance on mental health, cyber safety, and social/emotional development.
Finally, high school students will receive support with a focus on college/career exploration, college applications, study skills, organization, credit recovery, graduation requirements, mental health, cyber safety, stress management, and much more. I am flexible with my services and am comfortable talking to students about a variety of topics.
It is important to note that my job cannot be done without the collaboration of our teachers, parents and school staff. We are a team and can work together to ensure all of our students’ well-being. My door is always open. Please let me know if you ever have any concerns about a student. I am available through email, phone calls, and in-person meetings. I look forward to this new school year together!