My name is Heather Smith and I am so happy to be a part of the Osceola family. I have been a School Counselor for 12 years. I graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelors in Social Science. Then I received my Masters from Nova Southeastern University in School Counseling. I have always had a passion for helping people and am excited to work with the students at Osceola. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact me.
phone: (904) 547-3787
email: [email protected]
What does the School Counselor do?
- Sees individual students in distress or in crisis, with follow-up as needed
- Conducts guidance groups and “lunch bunches” for children with particular needs (social skills, anger, family changes..)
- Teaches k-5 class guidance lessons on life skills, our district character counts initiative, and various topics including topics such as bullying, understanding feelings, and social skills.
- Conduct gifted screeners
- Monitor attendance and hold truancy meetings
- 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!
- School Coordinator for: ESOL services (English Language Learners), 504 plans for disabled students, Mentor Services for our students, Social Services for Needy Families.
- http://kidshealth.org Nemours Foundations site with up-to-date info on children’s health and emotional concerns.
- CareConnect-24/7 Crisis Support Line Text: CARE4U to 741741 (confidential crisis support by text)https://www.careconnectplus.com/ United Way of St. Johns County: call “211” to help you with home resources and local services that are here to assist our families in need