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Marilyn Marcel


409-984-4800 ext. 4818



The Role of the Elementary School Counselor

Elementary School Students’ Developmental Needs

The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.


School Guidance Curriculum: LCPS Elementary School Counselors provide classroom lessons, twice per month, to each class, K-5

  1. Academic support, including organizational.
  2. study and test-taking skills.
  3. goal setting and decision-making.
  4. Bullying prevention and awareness.
  5. Career awareness, exploration and planning.
  6. Character Education.
  7. Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution.
  8. Education on understanding self and others, including peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills.
  9. Multicultural/diversity awareness.


 Individual Student Planning and Assistance

  1. Academic planning and support
  2. Crisis Interventions
  3. Education on understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  4. Goal setting/decision- making
  5. Transition plans