I graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Psychology. I continued my education at CSU Sacramento and received a MS degree in Counseling along with my PPS Credential. I have worked as a Group Home Counselor for Emotionally Disturbed (ED) Adolescents, a Social Worker for Foster Youth, a Substitute Teacher, and a School Counselor. I am thrilled to be part of the Eureka Union Counseling Team.
I enjoy working in schools, as I feel that education is the most important foundation we can give our children. I also appreciate the collaboration between students, teachers, parents and support staff. I believe that learning is a lifelong pursuit, and therefore I am always seeking continuing education for myself. While away from work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our adult children. They each reside in fabulous places to visit - San Diego and Boise! I also enjoy reading, gardening, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
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Eureka Union School District wants every student to leave the district with the skills necessary to be ready to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. Instilling the values and teaching the skills to students to prepare them for college and career readiness: academically, socially, and emotionally. School Counselors are the only professionals that have received specialized training in academic, personal/social, and career domains. EUSD values all components of their students, and knows that when a student has social and emotional difficulties occurring in their lives, that they are unable to access learning. Cavitt students have regular and on-going access to their Counselor, with the goal being to increase academic success, positive social interactions, and attendance.
Don't keep your or a friend's depression a secret!
Reach out to a trusted adult (teacher, school counselor, parent, etc.).
Seek out help from your doctor or a mental health provider.
Go through an anonymous organization to talk.
Suicide Prevention RESOURCES
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24 hour/7 days a week available to anyone struggling with depression and thoughts of feeling hopeless. Call to talk with someone and get information for yourself or a friend. Available to all ages. Text “Listen” to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
The Trevor Lifeline Project: 24 hour/7 days a week available to call. Also has a safe chat space or texting resource (those resources are not 24/7). For young people ages 13-24. 1-866-488-7386 www.thetrevorproject.org
Connection! Human connections are essential for all of us. Prior to our current Pandemic, social interactions were built into our days. In addition to these built in opportunities to connect, we also had additional opportunities to socialize with our friends and family during our free time. In our current environment, we must seek out these connections, and we must also be creative in how we connect. Our connections take more effort and planning.
Listed below are 30 (almost) ways to reach out to a friend (beyond “how are you”). What can you add?
Tell them you miss them
Share something that made you think of them
Ask them their opinion of a new song
Ask them if they have seen a popular TV show
Ask them if they need help with anything
Let them know you are free for a chat
Ask about a post they have made
Be honest and share about the things you are finding difficult
Ask if they are free to catch up
Share a fun memory you have of them
Offer to study together virtually
Send a funny meme or video
Share good news
Tell them what you admire about them
Express gratitude for their friendship
Give them a compliment
Wish them a good day
Acknowledge their strength and awesomeness
Thank them for how they have inspired you
Ask if they want to video chat
Send them a joke of GIF
Tell them you can’t wait to see them
Recommend a good book
Ask about their favorite sports team
Ask what they have been doing for exercise
Ask if they want to talk on the phone
Remind them that you are there for them
Send an ecard
Invite them to go on a socially distanced walk or bike ride (if that is something your family allows)
I challenge you this weekend to reach out to a friend or family member (or 2 or 3), and “check in”. You can make someone feel great and the connections you make can make you feel good too!
If you ever feel like you or a friend need support, please reach out to me.
We've Got This - Together
One of my favorite quotes is, "Life is Tough but so are You!” While all of us have different opinions regarding Distance Learning, I think we can all agree that there are tough parts. Yes, there are challenges, but we believe in you and are all here to support you when it’s not going so well.
Asking For Help When you Need It
Self Advocacy is a very fancy term that basically means "asking for what you need". In Junior High School we encourage you to practice self advocacy. This is a change from elementary school where your parents primarily advocate for you. In JH it is good to work together with your parents and begin practicing advocating for yourself.
A great way to practice is emailing your teachers when you need help! Think about the number of students each of your teachers has. They care about you and your success, but they cannot read minds! If they see missing assignments or low scores, they can guess that there might be a problem, but they don't know what the problem or concern actually is. Reaching out for assistance and support when you need it is a great way to advocate for yourself.
If you email a teacher, remember that you need to log back into your email and look for their response!
Have a rejuvenating and restful weekend, and remember to ask for help if you need it~
We have probably all heard that Exercise is important for both our bodies and our brains. Before Covid, Exercise was so often built into our days. We walked around campus on our way to classes, lunch and break, you participated in PE daily, many of you had sports practices, conditioning and games and some worked out at a gym. Now, we must consciously choose to move. We have to be creative and intentional.
The benefits of movement are numerous and include: mood enhancement, increased energy, improved memory and better sleep.
Some tips for getting more exercise while at home:
*Workout with someone
*Create a fitness challenge
*Set goals and maintain a log
*Use free online resources/workouts
*Complete activities that don't seem like exercise but really are (walk the dog, mow the lawn, vacuum the carpet)
*Use equipment you already have at home (basketball hoop, jump rope, bike)
*Use resources provided by your PE teacher
Small movement breaks are very beneficial as well! Walk out to the kitchen and refill your water bottle, step outside and breathe fresh air, take a few laps around your house, or take a walk to the mailbox.
I wish you all a rejuvenating 3 day weekend! Get off your screens and move.
First of all, raise your hand if you had never heard the terms Asynchronous/Synchronous before! Why do we keep hearing these words and what do they mean? When creating the Junior High Schedule we tried to make your virtual class time look as much like a typical in person class as possible. Remember being in a classroom? Teachers lecture, teach and explain and then they let you get started on your assignment. In general, your Synchronous (“together”) Zoom time is intended to be for instruction, and your Asynchronous time is intended to be for assignment completion. You should be able to complete MOST of your assignments during the Asynchronous time. If you are using your time efficiently, you should have very little left to do at the end of your day, However, if you choose to not use your time efficiently, you could find yourself with hours of work to complete at the end of the day and you might find yourself feeling overwhelmed and falling behind.
Many teachers are keeping their Zoom open during Asynchronous time, some are even requiring that you stay in. Use this time to ask questions, clarify instructions and ask for help! Just like you would in an in person classroom. We also recognize that this is your time to take a break, and that is ok too! In these 30 minutes, it is certainly ok to take 5 - 10 minutes to use the restroom, grab a snack, and get up and move. However you need to be disciplined enough to complete work also. Find a system that works for you, but please don’t view Asynchronous time as “optional”, it is not!
Happy Friday Cowboys! Congratulations on completing the first FULL week of Distance Learning!
Are you tired? I think we all are! We are all adjusting to being back in a routine. As we head into the weekend I want to remind you of the importance of sleep!
Here are some tips from the CA Youth Crisis Line:
Healthy Amount of Sleep
This may be challenging right now but get sufficient high-quality sleep. It seems really basic but sleep is powerful. Studies have shown that getting between 7-to-9 hours of sleep for adults and 8-to-10 hours for youth can improve memory, decrease stress, improve health, and even increase serotonin levels in your brain! All of these benefits allow an overall increase in our mental health. Sleep is good.
Tips to get a healthy amount of sleep:
– Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day;
– Turn off electronics at least a half hour before bed;
– Drink warm water or hot “sleepy-time” tea;
– Read a leisurely book in bed;
– Avoid caffeine in the afternoon or evening;
– Make sure your sleeping area is cool, quiet, and distraction-free
Have a great weekend! Try to stay out of the smoke.