Elementary school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child development, learning strategies, self-management and social skills, who understand and promote success for today’s diverse students. They implement a school counseling program to support students through this important developmental period. The program provides education and intervention activities, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. The program teaches knowledge, attitudes and skills students need to acquire in academic, career and social/emotional development, which serve as the foundation for future success.
Elementary school counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide a program that engages students and includes leadership, advocacy, and collaboration with school staff, administration and community/family members in the delivery of programs and activities to help students achieve success. Elementary school counselors also collaborate with teachers and parents on early identification and intervention of children’s academic and social/emotional needs, which is
essential in removing barriers to learning and developing skills and behaviors critical for academic achievement.
School & Family Counselor
Edwards Student and Family Advocate
The Student and Family Advocate (SFA) is available to support students by identifying and addressing student mental health needs, providing crisis intervention, and teaching social/emotional skill development. The role of an SFA is:
- Advocate on behalf of students and parents within the educational system
- Act as a resource and referral hub within the school and community
- Facilitate greater understanding between parents, teachers, and school administration
The SFA also serves as a point person to parents and guardians to support them in accessing community resources to address student or family needs. We look to empower the connection between families and schools to ensure a successful learning experience for all of our children. Your SFA can help support school success through sharing information and supporting families.
Student & Family Advocate