St. Patrick Elementary School
COUNSELING & GUIDANCE
MS. JESSICA BROWN
Master of Science in Education-School Counseling Track: UW-Superior, Bachelor of Arts: Northland College
+ years with Aquinas Catholic Schools
+ years total teaching experience
I am originally from the rural town of Maple in northern Wisconsin. In 2016, I completed my M. S. Ed. And moved to La Crosse in 2017. Before becoming a school counselor, I worked in youth development at Girl Scout camps and resident services at St. John's Preparatory School. I love my work, especially supporting students' social, emotional, and mental health needs. I also love winter and nature. On the weekends you might find me camping, canoeing, reading, or cross country skiing.
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The school counseling program supports all students in three main areas: Personal and Social, Academic, and Career. Students in grades K-6 have guidance class once per 6-day cycle. I also visit 4K classes each month. Guidance lessons may utilize Social Emotional Learning curricula and other research-based activities, as well as diocesan character education materials. Lessons target the skills and mindsets that build success and the needs of each class, in accordance with the American School Counseling Association National Model. Lessons are taught in a variety of ways, depending on the age and needs of students. Some classes will read stories, do art activities, and play games. Others may involve discussions, role plays, and multimedia projects. Guidance time is a fun way to learn meaningful lessons for life.
Additional services I provide include individual and group counseling and parent consultation. My door and calendar are always open to students, whether they need help resolving a conflict, discussing a worry, or addressing a chronic concern with regular, scheduled sessions. Groups are formed according to need. I am always happy to answer any question or concern you may have. Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time.