Meet the Counseling Team!
Joanne Choi, M.A., PPSC/ Elementary Resource Counseling Specialist (ERC)
Mrs. Choi is currently working as the ERC at Stonegate Elementary School. She uses her passion to help and serve others as the driving force for her counseling services. She provides various services to the support the social-emotional development in the counseling program. Through individual and group counseling, school-wide events, resource linkage, and collaboration with stakeholders, her goal is to equip students and families with skills to foster positive and mental health and wellness. For more online/virtual resources through the Counseling Google Site or other questions/concerns, feel free to contact Mrs. Choi.
Mrs. Cynthia Perkins/Elementary Guidance Paraprofessional: Mrs. Perkins visits every classroom on a weekly basis to teach students about classroom skills for success, emotion management and conflict resolution strategies. She is also available to work with small groups or individuals. She is on campus Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Free Parenting Classes IUSD has partnered with Western Youth Services and Stonegate Elementary School is offering free parenting class/workshops this year. Each month will focus on a different topic and will be offered at two different times: 8:30am or 5:30pm. Each month, a different topic will be presented by Western Youth Services who has partnered with IUSD. Please visit our Stonegate website for a list of monthly topics. Presentations will be uploaded to the Counseling Corner link after each month’s class. We look forward to seeing you there!
Elementary Resource Counselor
Children, just like adults, can participate in and benefit from counseling. Counseling can help children learn how to identify causes of their distress, develop their skills in asking for help and expressing emotions, and improve their problem-solving abilities. Many children need help dealing with the stress of school, family and other significant life events such as the death of a family member, friend, or pet; divorce or a move, trauma or a major family illness. All of these things can cause stress that might lead to problems with a child’s behavior, mood, sleep, appetite, and academic or social functioning. Please visit https://iusd.org/department/ student-support-services for more information about IUSD Student Support Services.
The Elementary Guidance Assistant Program is designed to offer social-emotional learning to students during their school day using an evidence based social-emotional classroom curriculum called Second Step. Second Step is designed to teach children how to understand and manage their emotions, control their reactions, be aware of others’ feelings, and have the skills to problem solve and make responsible decisions. These lessons will increase students learning-readiness and help them to move ahead successfully in school. Guidance Assistants are trained para-professional staff and are assigned at each of IUSD’s K-6 school sites to teach Second Step in the classroom and provide small group workshops for children who would benefit from additional support. Students with parent permission may participate in “TOOLBOX” groups, the small group workshops, which are a series of once-a-week, 30-45 minute small group lessons during the school day. Groups usually last for 10-12 weeks.