Counseling at ELEMENTARY School
The first years of school set the path for a journey of lifelong learning.
Our counselors are here to support and encourage all students in those first steps.
- Collaborate and consult with parents and teachers to foster child success
- Act as advocates for all students
- Address the needs of all students through prevention and intervention programs
- Support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard all members of the school community
- Administer classroom, small group and individual interventions through the Counseling Program
- Support school wide initiatives, such as the Connect, Care and Commit Initiative fort the 2020-2021 school year, and the Digital Citizenship program
- Coordinate Transition Groups for students and parents
- Lead Book Clubs
- Organize a Parenting Group
Transition Groups for Students:
As we welcome new friends to our school, they are included in our ‘First Friend’ program. There are several meetings with the counselor to support getting to know other students in an informal setting. Small groups of students who are leaving Lincoln meet with the counselor to learn and share with others about their transition, feelings and emotions around the move and to work on strategies to help them leave well so they can experience a smooth transition to their new home.
Counselor Book Clubs for Parents
These occur twice a year for parents in all divisions. We read and discuss current books of interest to parents.
Transition Meetings for Parents
When families join or leave our community, we gather to talk about topics surrounding this transition. Topics included are: the transition cycle, raising children outside of one’s ‘home culture’, feelings and emotions during a transition and strategies for smooth transitions.
We encourage parents to be involved in their children's growth and development. A comprehensive parenting group for people with children ages 5-12 using interactive material from Active Parenting 4th edition is offered each semester.
MEET THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNSELORS
Ms. Laurie Forrester
Laurie Forrester is the elementary counselor for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. She has a long history at AEL in the areas of counseling and learning support and has worked in schools in Virginia (USA) and Colombia.
Laurie holds a B.S. in Education and M.Ed in General Education and Special Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She also completed certification studies in School Counseling at the Ohio State University and in Multicultural Education at George Mason University in Virginia. She earned a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from San Andres University in Argentina and a certificate of International School Counseling from the Counselor Training Center (CTC) in the US.
Laurie is committed to accompanying students in their school journey while supporting their social and emotional development and well-being. She looks forward to getting to know each student and their family!
Mrs. Cassie Doyle
Ms. Cassie is the elementary counselor for all students in K4-Grade 2. Originally from Kansas City, Kansas, USA, Cassie joined Lincoln in August 2020 after working overseas for the past seven years at schools in Taiwan and Myanmar.
Cassie holds a B.S.E in Unified Early Childhood Education from the University of Kansas. This degree includes both typically developing and cross-categorical special education. She also holds a M.Ed in International Counseling from Lehigh University.
Before becoming a school counselor, she taught early childhood. She is committed to supporting students social-emotional development and well-being. She loves meeting and working with families-please come by and say hello!
Learn More About the Schoolwide Counseling Program