Counselor – Grades 3rd-5th – Mrs. Nidia Coleman
My name is Nidia Coleman and I am the 3rd-5th grade school counselor at New Boston Elementary. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology & Masters of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Texas A&M- Texarkana. I am currently working on my Master of Education in Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Professional School Counseling while pursuing my LPC from Lamar University. I am a member of The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) for counselors. This is my first year as a school counselor and I am so excited to be a part of such a great team. School counseling is a team effort among students, their families and school staff. I am a firm believer in in Mark Victor Hansen Quote: “Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one. Until all are taught.” I believe every student is unique and my personal mission is to help each student reach his/her maximum potential socially, emotionally, and academically.
Counselor – Grades PreK-2nd – Mrs. Kimberly Anderson
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My name is Kimberly Anderson and I have been working with New Boston Independent School District since the 2009-2010 school year. I have served as a fourth grade Mathematics and Science teacher for New Boston ISD as well as a Reading and English Language Arts teacher at Pittsburg ISD. I earned my Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, Master of Science in Education and Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University – Texarkana. I am a member of the Texas Counseling Association and am also a certified English as a Second Language Teacher and a Google for Education Certified Educator. I love my job at Oakview Primary and Crestview Elementary. The children make me smile and I usually learn something new each day. I love being able to work with students. I can help them learn how to deal with the stressful things that happen in life and also teach them the skills they need to be successful in their personal interactions with others. In my free time I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also love to read, play on the computer and play games.
A school counselor is an educator who....
~ Advocates for ALL children
~ Teaches guidance lessons dealing with understanding of self and others, communication, decision making, and conflict resolution skills
~ Works with children individually and in small groups
How does a student get to see the counselor?
~ the student may ask to go to the counselor’s office
~ the teacher or principal can send him or her
~ Mom, Dad or another care provider can request counseling services
~ school friend may invite him or her for a special visit
What might a student talk about while in the counseling office?
~ feelings about him/herself
~ difficulty in making or getting along with friends
~ a family problem
~ a school problem
~ a fear or worry
~ a physical concern
~ the need for a little tender loving care
What might a student do in the counselor’s office?
~ talk about things that are important to children
~ use toys to help express feelings and problems
~ talk about feelings
~ work on a plan to reach a goal
~ read stories that help students learn and understand more about themselves
~ go to a safe place to calm down when feeling upset
~ play games to learn ways to relate to others