WELCOME TO HAMILTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S GUIDANCE WEBSITE!!
My name is Eva Cady and I am the Elementary School Counselor here at Hamilton Elementary School.  Before coming to Hamilton I attended Mansfield University followed by The University of Scranton where I received my Masters Degree in Elementary School Counseling.  This is my 10th year of service as a school counselor at Hamilton Elementary!  I live in the Scranton Area and enjoy spending time with my husband and my two children, Jackson and Brynn.
Being a school counselor is my passion and everyday I feel thankful to have the opportunity to work with your children!

Although there are a multitude of things that I want to accomplish through my school counselor program, there are a few that I feel are critical.  One of my first priorities has been to build a solid foundation for my school counseling program by working closely with other faculty, parents, and the community.  My work with students here at Hamilton is also a key component.  My role is to work with students to help them achieve their full potential in the areas of personal, academic, and social development.  The knowledge gained in these areas at the elementary level creates a groundwork for future success.  I work with students by classroom guidance lessons (character education lessons), small groups (special topics: grief, divorce, social skills, etc.), and students may also see me individually.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or email me.  Currently I can be reached by phone at 1-570-992-4960.
 

Sincerely,

Eva L. Cady, M.S., NCSC

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An Elementary School Counselor Helps:

 

Children:
 Understand and accept themselves and others better.
 Cope with family changes.
 Develop decision-making and problem solving skills.
 Feel safe at school.
 Learn to handle strong emotions, such as anger, sadness, etc.
 Learn conflict resolution skills.
 Use positive character traits to assist them in daily living.

Teachers and Administrators:
 Create a positive learning environment.
 Provide families with community agency information if needed/desired.
 Develop community partnerships to enhance student development.

Parents/Guardians:
 Understand their children’s emotions, behaviors, and learning styles.
 Assist parents in meeting their children’s needs.

An Elementary School Counselor Provides:

Non-Intensive Counseling for Children:
 In classroom lessons.
 In individual/informal sessions.
 In small group activities and lessons.

Consultation With:
 Parents
 Teachers
 School Psychologists
 Social Workers
 Medical Professionals
 Community Health Workers
 Agencies
 Other School Counselors

Coordination:
 Of meetings between school and home.

Collaboration:
 Between parents and outside agencies in securing referral and follow-up services to children.
 As a team member in the school community.
 As a liaison between school and home.

An Elementary School Counselor Helps in Many Situations:

 A student with changing family dynamics (divorce, illness, death, etc).
 A student is new to school and is having trouble making friends.
 A student who needs to build self-confidence and self-esteem.
 A student who is struggling to adjust to new school/home environment.
 A student who struggles to make healthy and safe choices.
 A student who is dealing with a traumatic event that occurred in their life. 

A Student May See Their School Counselor By:

 Self-referral/Dropping in
 Appointment made by counselor
 Parent referral
 Administrative referral
 Teacher or other staff referral
 Telling their teacher they need to see the counselor

A Parent May Contact the School Counselor For:

 Concerns over student achievement.
 Family health problems.
 Discussing the special needs of their child.
 Early discussion and identification of potential student crisis
 Family difficulties and concerns.


PARENTS MAY CALL THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR AT HAMILTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
AT ANY TIME AT 1-570-992-4960.

An Elementary School Counselor is:

 A Professional who has earned a Master’s Degree in school counseling.

 An Educator who is a Pennsylvania certified educator trained in counseling theories and practices, human behavior, career education, individual appraisal, and social/cultural issues.

 A Specialist who has expertise in age-specific developmental stages of student growth, and the needs, tasks, and student interests related to those stages.

**Created from the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association’s pamphlet on Introducing the Elementary School Counselor.