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    Elementary School Counselor
    Danielle Mikesell-Redding, PhD, NCC, LPC
    Phone: 717-642-2020
    Fax: 717-642-2018

    Elementary Counseling Mission Statement

    The mission of the Fairfield Elementary school counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, preventative program which focuses on students’ developmental needs in the areas of academics, career, and personal/social skills. In partnership with the educational team, which includes other educators, families, students, and the community, the counselor will facilitate a support system to ensure all students have access to and are prepared with the knowledge and skills to contribute at their highest potential as productive members of society.

    Elementary Counseling Vision Statement

    The students of Fairfield Elementary School are successful and skillful learners, navigating a world of increasing academic and social demands and ever-changing technological advancements. They continually possess and exhibit good character, including respect, empathy, responsibility, and self-discipline. Our students are recognized for their unique contributions and service to the school, district, and community. Fairfield students possess the knowledge, abilities, and fortitude to complete the post-secondary schooling required for the vocation of their choice; ultimately, allowing them to become valuable, contributing members of society.


    The Fairfield Elementary School Counseling Program works with students in a variety of ways to help them during childhood, a time of great physical, social, intellectual, and emotional change.  The counseling program is designed to help students explore their strengths and weaknesses, attitudes, and  personal aspirations.  Students can be provided counseling services through several means, including individual counseling, group counseling, and classroom guidance lessons. 

    School counseling is designed to assist students with minor emotional troubles which may be affecting their academics.  In addition, the program is set up to help students realize and achieve personal/social, academic, and career-related goals.  A proactive, preventative approach to counseling is stressed however, counseling is also provided during and after crises.  Referral sources for longer term counseling are available upon request.


    Classroom Guidance Lessons

    Classroom guidance lessons are taught to elementary school students in grades K-4.  Each child attends guidance class once every six days.  Information is presented to students in the following areas:
    • self-examination, including feelings, interests, and strengths,
    • decision-making,
    • assertiveness,
    • communication skills, 
    • social skills, 
    • character education,
    • career exploration,
    • conflict management, and
    • study skills.   

    Group Counseling

    Group counseling is available to elementary school students, only with parental permission.  Topics of groups include: anger management, conflict management,  positive peer relations, dealing with separation and divorce, working though grief or loss, and helping handle problems with attention and distractibility.  Groups are limited in number and are conducted periodically throughout the year based on need.  If you would like your child to be a part of a counseling group, please contact the counseling office.