What We Offer: RPES Counseling Staff

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    Ms. Cohen - School Counselor

    Email: acohen@lansingburgh.org

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Large group Character Education and SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Lessons
      • Push-in 1x a month into all grades 3-5
    • Small groups that focus on SEL (Social Emotional Learning)
      • Based on teacher recommendation
      • Runs for 6-8 weeks in the fall/spring
      • Limited space 
    • New student 
      • Tour of building
      • 1:1 meet during lunch
      • Meet with parent/guardian
    • Peer Mediation *For students ONLY
      • Teacher should be made aware of issues between students first
    • Student check-ins
      • Informal counseling as needed
    • Associated Committees
      • TSS (Trauma Sensitive School)
      • Character Education
      • Clothe-A-Student
      • Knapsack
      • BST (Behavior Support Team)
      • IST (Instructional Support Team)


    Mrs. Foster - School Psychologist

    Email: mfoster@lansingburgh.org

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Student check-ins
      • Informal counseling as needed
    • Behavior Support Team
      • Assist teachers in creating individualized behavior intervention plans for students with challenging behavior
      • Conduct Functional Behavior Assessments
    • Instructional Support Team
      • Meet with teachers to discuss students who are struggling academically and determine services that would be appropriate to meet academic needs. 
      • Academic screenings
    • Conduct Psychoeducational evaluations to determine if a student qualifies for special education services.
    • Attend Committee on Special Education meetings for all 3-5 students with Individualized Education Plans
    • Work with teachers to develop 504 plans for students 


    Mrs. Watts - School Social Worker

    Email: mwatts@lansingburgh.org

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Small group and individual counseling for student with an Individual Education Plan
    • Classroom lessons for self-contained classroom
    • McKinney Vento Liaison: help families who are in temporary housing (transportation, food. clothes)
    • Help with basic needs (housing, transportation, clothes, food)
    • Make referrals for counseling outside of school
    • Behavior Support Team : help teachers create behavior plans for students with challenging behavior
    • Knapsack Program Coordinator: referrals from staff
    • Clothe A Student: referrals from staff