Counselor’s Corner

Being that we recently celebrated Thanksgiving, and Christmas is right around the corner, this month each of our classrooms will be learning about Gratefulness, and how grateful living contributes to a happy and fulfilled life. Grateful living is a way of life which asks us to notice all that is already present and abundant – from the tiniest things of beauty to the grandest of our blessings – and in so doing, to take nothing for granted. We can learn to focus our attention on, and acknowledge, that life is a gift. Even in the most challenging times, living gratefully makes us aware of, and available to, the opportunities that are always available; opportunities to learn and grow, and to extend ourselves with care and compassion to others. Our HAWK character trait of the month of December is Compassion, and we will be discussing what it means to act compassionately toward others. Small, grateful and compassionate acts every day can uplift us, make a difference for others, and help change the world.

Happy Holidays!

Kelsey Potorski joined the school district during the 2017-2018 school year as the Academic, Career, Personal and Social Development Counselor. She has over six years professional experience working with underserved youth in a variety of settings; in schools, in residential facilities, in the community, and within children’s homes. Ms. Potorski has a passion for assisting students in achieving their greatest potential, and finds her work very rewarding. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, emphasis in Neuroscience, from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Science in Education in School Counseling from the University of the Southwest. Ms. Potorski’s responsibilities as a school counselor include providing individual planning for students, facilitating group counseling with children K-12, developing and implementing a school-wide social/emotional curriculum, providing responsive services for students in crisis, and collaborating with stakeholders (teachers, administrators, parents) in order to promote student development and academic success.