Degrees and Certifications:
Jarvis Christian College - Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education Texas Wesleyan University - Master of Science in School Counseling Certifications: School Counselor (EC-12); English/Reading/Language Arts (8-12); English as a Second Language Supplemental (8-12)
Welcome and hello! My name is Latavia Rivers, and I am Dickinson Elementary’ s school counselor! The school counselor is a master’s level, trained professional who works as part of your child's educational team. I work in partnership with students, teachers, parents, and community stakeholders to aid your child in having a successful and positive school experience. Every child is unique; some need someone to listen to their concerns, whereas others may need support in developing problem solving and decision-making skills. Whatever the concern, I am here to listen to your child and to help them feel safe and comfortable.
I have been in education since 2007. This school year marks my 11th year! I began my career as a high school English teacher, and have served as a school counselor on the middle and elementary levels. This year marks my 6th year in school counseling. My experience in education has been extremely rewarding; I enjoy the surprises that each day has to offer! Instilling joy and soft skills within children are my favorite part about being a school counselor!
The school counselor is a trained professional who works as part of your child's team. School counselors work in partnership with students, teachers, parents, and the community to help your child to have a successful and positive school experience. School counselors understand that each child is different. Some students just need someone to listen to their concerns, whereas others may need help in developing problem solving and decision-making skills. Whatever the concern, the school counselor is there to listen to your child and to help your child to feel safe and comfortable within the elementary school.
Sometimes parents need support and guidance as well. School counselors are also trained to work with parents and can be seen as a great resource to the parents and school staff. The mission of the Counseling Office is to promote student success by providing academic, career, personal, and social counseling.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Individual Counseling: Provide a supportive and confidential environment for students to work toward personal, social, and academic growth.
Group Counseling: Group sessions are now being offered to students, which may include Divorce, Grief, and Study Skills.
Guidance Lessons: Classroom Guidance lessons include: Anti-Bullying, Careers, Drug & Tobacco Awareness, Self-Awareness, Appropriate Behavior, and other important topics.
Mediation/Conflict Resolution: Provide a safe and supportive atmosphere for students to communicate feelings and differences in order to resolve conflict in a peaceful manner.
Transitional Support: Assist in orienting students as they move from daycare to elementary school as well as from elementary school to the middle school.
Parent/Teacher Support: Consult with parents and teachers to develop appropriate academic and social supports needed for students' personal and academic success.
Dickinson Montessori School Counseling Mission Statement:
The mission of the Dickinson Montessori School Counseling Program is to assist all students in their quest to become productive citizens and responsible, lifelong learners through their academic development, personal and social emotional growth and career exploration while communicating and collaborating with stakeholders.
Dickinson Montessori School Counseling Vision Statement:
The School Counselor will help provide an atmosphere of security, warmth, and encouragement while addressing emotional barriers, as Dickinson Montessori students work to reach their fullest educational potential in the areas of academic, career and college readiness (from cradle to careers), and personal development. The School Counselor will also commit to establish a solid foundation as Dickinson Montessori students successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.
Dickinson Montessori School Counseling Belief Statements:
- ALL students can learn and achieve academic greatness when encouraged and nurtured in a respectful environment.
- Nurturing ALL students social and emotional well-being will encourage academic development and future success.
- I believe the school counselor’s role is to provide a data driven, developmental counseling program to meet the needs of ALL students through program focus & planning, direct & indirect student services, and ethical and professional practices and responsibilities.
- The school counseling program will promote the following: an understanding of and respect of self and others; problem-solving and decision-making; emotional-management skills; skills for learning; and the influence of academic habits on career success.