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Amy Gloeckner Locker

Counselor Corner


Gravenstein Union School District is establishing a Comprehensive School Counseling Program using Second Step.  Our School Counselor, Amy Gloeckner, will be at Hillcrest Middle School the majority of her time, with the exceptions of Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons when she will be at Gravenstein Elementary. 

I Have A Problem.  What Do I Do?  Problems will happen to everyone.  It can be a math program that isn’t working for a student, or withdrawal from peers because of playground issues. It’s important that you share your concern if your child seems to be struggling or is having difficulties in school. The teacher may not even be aware of the problem– often the most painful situations involve conflicts with peers, and children are sometimes hesitant to share those problems with a teacher. And if the problem involves the curriculum, it can often be a case of misunderstanding as the curriculum goals are translated by the child to a parent. 

► Write down your concerns first. This isn’t writing that you necessarily will want to show a teacher or an administrator, but it will help you focus your concerns. It might also help you diffuse some strong emotions you might be feeling. 

► Be direct. It is often difficult to call a teacher directly—you can also try e-mail. If e-mail will not work, call the main office and leave a message. As teachers may not have the opportunity to return your call immediately, leave a time it would be best to return the call. 

► Make an appointment if needed. Be sure to let the teacher know why you are asking for the appointment. 

► Keep a positive frame of mind, especially with your child. Remember that you, the teacher, and the child are the partners in your child’s education. Often a concern about school is upsetting to both you and your child. Your child’s attitude about school is tempered by your feelings and you want your child to have a positive outlook. 

► Be clear about your concerns. An honest approach works best. Let the teacher know your concerns and how they came to be. Though criticism can be painful, teachers much prefer to hear concerns directly than through gossip or another individual. The teacher can offer more information or an explanation that will help the two of you plan a course of action.