Helping kids strive towards “ their personal best”.
Who is the Guidance Counselor?
My name is Dana Harrison and I have been the school counselor at Osceola since ’97. I am a National Board Certified Counselor who is honored to work with your children. I am a team player, working with parents and staff, to help each child find success in their world through healthy choices, positive attitudes and character development.
What does the guidance counselor do?
- Sees individual students in crisis
- Conducts guidance groups and “lunch bunches” for children with particular needs (social skills, anger, family changes..)
- Teaches class guidance lessons for all grade levels. Lessons focus around life skills and our district character counts initiative, including topics such as bullying, understanding feelings, and social skills. I try and see each class once per month when possible.
- Serves as a liaison between the school and outside agencies to best assist our families. We now have a free clothing closet for our school families and links to other resources for those difficult times.
- Serves as a resource to teachers, staff, and PARENTS/GUARDIANS! I am here as a resource to you. If you have concerns about your child, please call me at 547-3787. I will gladly meet with you, your child, or to sit in on parent-teacher conferences to best help your child succeed.
- School Coordinator for: ESOL services (English Language Learners), 504 plans for disabled students, mentor Services for our students, Services for Needy Families.
- Member of: Character Counts Committee, RTI Team (Response to Intervention), a CPI Team (Crisis Prevention Institute), and NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors)
- www.familyeducation.com Learning Networks parent channel, where parents help each other in dealing with the many challenges of parenting.
- http://kidshealth.org Nemours Foundations site with up-to-date info on children’s health and emotional concerns.
Gifted Parent Advisory Meetings
Meeting information for the 2017-18 school year coming soon:
Open to all parents of gifted students at any level (K-12) to express concerns, ask questions, etc. The District contact for the Gifted Program is Helen DiMare ([email protected], (904) 547-7692).