Counselors' Page

School Counseling Program Vision Statement

The vision of the Ashburton Elementary School comprehensive counseling program is that all students have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for academic success and personal, social, and emotional growth.

School Counseling Program Mission Statement

The counseling program at Ashburton Elementary School encourages all students to achieve success and personal growth through a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate program that focuses on academic, personal, interpersonal, health and career development.  As advocates and leaders, the school counselors support the learning of every student by removing systemic barriers, providing access and equity, fostering social justice, and promoting positive changes through collaboration with all staff, parents and community members and direct student support.  

Meet the Counselors 

Mrs. Strauss (grades: K, 1, 2, 4) M-F

Mrs. Gillespie (grades 3 & 5)

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Ashburton Elementary School Counselor Lessons


Ashburton Counselors and Feelings Fran talks tips for school success

Ashburton Counselors and Feelings Fran Talk Problem Solving

Individual Counseling

One-on-one counseling support is available to all students in grades K to 5. This support is intended to address specific emotional, behavioral or social concerns that a particular child may have.

Small Group Counseling

Small group counseling provides support for K to 5 students with similar academic, social or personal concerns. Typically, the types of small groups that are most common focus on the following areas:

  • Coping with separation and divorce
  • Improving social interactions with peers
  • Improving classroom behavior
  • Encouraging cooperative play/ group activities
  • Encouraging positive views of self and others

Classroom Guidance Lessons

Classroom guidance lessons for kindergarten through fifth grade focus on a variety of issues commonly faced by elementary school aged children. Classrooms are presently visited on an alternating week schedule.  The topics covered in classroom guidance lessons usually include:

  • Expressing Feelings Appropriately
  • Respect for Self and Others
  • Responsibility
  • Making and Keeping Friends
  • Bullying and Teasing
  • Peer Pressure
  • Cooperation/ Teamwork
  • Personal Body Safety Lessons
  • Career and  College Readiness