Siohban Williams, Guidance Counselor
My name is Siohban Williams and I am the school counselor. Some of the duties that I have are meeting with parents, meeting with students, small group lessons, and classroom guidance.
I talk with students for a variety of reasons. It may be that they are having a bad day and just need someone to talk to, they may be having problems with someone in their classroom, they could be causing some trouble in their classroom, or they have had something happen that is affecting them like the death of a family member or the divorce of their parents. I talk with the students individually and sometimes we may read a book or draw a picture. Sometimes if a student is having problems with someone else I will have both of them is my office to talk about what is going on and to find a solution to the conflict.
Sometimes I will have a small group of students meet once a week for about 30 minutes on a specific topic. I might hold a small group on social skills, anger management, divorce, or any other topic that is troubling a group of students. We work on identifying the feelings attached to the troubling area and ways to help cope with what is happening. This allows students to see that they are not the only ones having trouble with whatever we are meeting about. It also helps the students develop their own network of people who they know understands them and can be helpful.
I also go into classrooms and do whole class guidance lessons. I will work with the students about many different topics. Some of the topics that I will work with are being responsible, being respectful, being as good citizen, test-taking strategies, getting along with others, careers, bullying, or following directions. We may play games, draw pictures, read books, or even do writing activities.
I am available to talk with parents whenever the need arises. I talk to parents about concerns that they have with their students academically or socially. I can also provide information to parents about things that they can do with their child to help them or ways that they can talk to their child.
I love working with all of the students. I look forward to getting to know your child and helping them in anyway I can. Please let me know if there are things that I can do to help you or your child.