Meet the Counselor!

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.


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 student-support-services for more information about IUSD Student Support Services.

Guidance Assistance

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.