Counselor's Corner

Ms. Geiman and Mrs. Dairsow, the School Counselors, have created this web page to provide resources for scholars, parents, and families during our distance learning. Please click on the link below to check out our web page!  

GFES Continuity of Learning Counselor’s Website

On this new website you can find:

  • - Mental Health Resources
  • - Community Resources
  • - Parent Resources
  • - Social Emotion Learning Resources
  • - Schedule a virtual appointment 

Or,  just say hi to us!

 

Meet the Counselors

 ramona and lindzy#2

Ms. Lindzy Geiman

Ms. Geiman attended Washington College and Loyola University, both located in MD.  Previous to getting her masters in School Counseling, she taught for 3 years at an elementary school in Baltimore City. 
Outside of school Ms. Geiman enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her dog. She also loves to spend time outside and try new foods!

Ms. Geiman is the Full-time counselor for GFES.   She can be reached by email:  Lindzy_M_Geiman@mcpsmd.org  

Mrs. Ramona Dairsow

Mrs. Dairsow obtained her undergraduate degree in Human Development from Binghamton University and has two graduate degrees in Education.  One degree is from Towson University and one from Loyola University.
This will be Mrs. Dairsows first year in a counselor position with MCPS. She previously worked for MCPS as a services coordinator for an early childhood program.
In her spare time, Mrs. Dairsow loves spending time with her family and friends, dancing, exercising, decorating, as well as doing arts and crafts projects!
 
Mrs. Dairsow is the Part-time counselor for GFES.  She can be reached by email:  Ramona_A_Dairsow@mcpsmd.org.

 

Mission and Vision Statement

The Georgian Forest Elementary School Counseling Department will assist all scholars in achieving academically while developing social-emotional maturity, building effective social skills, and exploring educational and career opportunities. The comprehensive counseling program teaches and helps guide scholars toward healthy lifestyle choices and becoming life-long learners. Our long-term goal is for all Georgian Forest scholars to become respectful and engaged members of society.

 We plan to achieve this by implementing preventive services and interventions, through individual counseling, classroom lessons, and small counseling groups. In addition, we will use consultation and collaboration with teachers, staff, parents, and community agencies to work together to benefit our students. We also coordinate school-wide initiatives to involve everyone in the building and community.

Counseling Program

Second Step

Second Step is a social-emotional learning program designed to help students be as successful as possible at school. Counselors at Georgian Forest will be using the Second Step program throughout all grade levels to teach these critical skills.

The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:

1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.

2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.

3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.

4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.

Make sure to join www.secondstep.org with the activation key SSP1  FAMI  LY71 to watch videos about the Second Step program and get information about what your student is learning.

Individual

Counselors at Georgian Forest provide short term individual counseling. Students may self-refer themselves to the counselor using the counselor notes placed in every classroom. Teachers and parents may also refer students to the counselor through the teacher referral system or by email.

Individual counseling does not require parent consent prior to counseling. If you would like your child to opt out of individual counseling please contact the counselor.

Group

Small group counseling will be implemented as needed, and cover topics relevant to the student’s needs.

Classroom

Social- emotional counseling lessons will be presented monthly in your scholar’s general education classroom. Topics may include but are not limited to personal body safety, bullying, The Grizzly Peace Pledge virtues, career planning, and friendship.

Workshops

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