Hello. My name is Michelle Light, and I am so happy and privileged to be the counselor at R.P.S. This page provides information about the School Counseling program, counseling topics and resources, as well as upcoming counseling-related events.
The mission of the R.P.S. counseling program is to build a foundation of life long learning by providing a comprehensive, developmental program that ensures every student will acquire competencies needed in academics, career, personal and social development enabling each child to grow and become a productive citizen in the community.
I believe all children can achieve success and deserve respect, care, and guidance regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, physical/mental abilities, reglion, or socioeconomic status.
Who is the School Counselor?
I am a Rank I certified, trained, caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community in order for every student to achieve academic and social success. School Counseling services are delivered in several ways:
*Classroom Counseling Curriculum - I develop and implement lessons based on national and state counseling standards. Classroom lessons are regularly scheduled and address personal, social, academic, and career-relataed needs at the children's developmental level. Topics include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, friendhip/social skills, respnsibility, respect, bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and safety.
*Individual Counseling-I may work with a student in a safe, positive, and confidential setting to address issues that may impede learning and result in unacceptable social behavior in the educational setting.
*Small Group Counseling- A process where students sharing similar issues or concerns work together in a small group enviornment consisting of about 3-6 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on needs of the students and may include friendship and social skills, grief and loss, or anger and conflict-resolution.