RSD Counselors Mission Statement
The Russellville School Counseling program supports, provides services to, and develops skills in every child, every day.
|8th Counselor, Mrs. Sarah Shamsie||9th Counselor, Mrs. Susie Harvison|
To partner with one another, as well as with educators, families, and the community, to provide a safe environment while empowering the whole child to become a successful, productive member of society.
We believe that when students feel safe and connected at school, they are better able to self-regulate and to solve problems. It’s important that everyone (administrators, teachers, counselors, families, students) understand and support the counselor’s role in a comprehensive school counseling program. Data collection and reflection support and allow counselors to improve upon counselors’ advocacy for students. Students’ current and future success (in academics, socially/emotionally, in careers, as citizens) is the focus of the school counselor. We believe that students’ diverse talents should be cultivated, and that their varying needs (academic, linguistic, social/emotional) should be met in the school setting. To make lasting, sustainable change, counselors need to work with students’ families, as well as with the students themselves. School counselors need timely/current professional development in strategies/techniques that are aimed at meeting the needs of our students, many of whom present with behavioral/emotional challenges, and whose families are impacted by a variety of complex issues.