Guidance Department

Helping kids strive towards  “ their personal best”.

Who is the Guidance Counselor?

Dana Harrison, Osceola Guidance Counselor

Dana Harrison, Osceola 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)

Helpful Links:

 

ACCEL Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning Parents who wish to consider course or grade level acceleration should review eligibility criteria and process referenced in the District Student Progression Plan and Parent Resource Guide

Gifted Parent Advisory Meetings

Meeting information for the 2015-16 school year:

http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/depts/ese/gifted/advisory

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).