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Mrs. Libby Burton
Hi Highland Huskies Families!
I am excited to introduce myself as Highland Middle School's new school counselor. I am looking forward to working with you and your children.
Some little facts about me
I have lived in Colorado for the majority of my life and could not see myself living anywhere else in the US. I have worked in education for 5 years in the capacity of a high school mathematics teacher. In 2015, I made the decision to go back to my alma mater, the University of Northen Colorado, and study school counseling and obatin my masters. In order to complete my internship, I had to take the last school year of teaching off. and successfully completed my program. Although all of my experience has been with older adolescents, I am excited to work with younger adolescent students to help prepare them for high school and beyond. Not only did I complete my masters this year, I married my best friend at the end of May. My husband, our pug Digit and I are enjoying beginning our lives together and are excited to build our lives here in the Northern Colorado community.
What role at HMS I play
It is important to me that students understand the every choice has a consequence, whether good or bad. By bringing my experiences to a middle school, students will make this connection sooner, making the transitions of life easier. I want students to be accountable for their actions and take responsibility for their choices.
I will be working with your children by:
- Classroom Lessons: I am scheduled to provide lessons for your students to their advisory/PODS classroom once a week. Lessons vary by age group but may include topics such as goal setting, social responsibility, anxiety, being a good friend, decision making, career awareness and exploration, etc...
- Individual Sessions: I can meet with students to discuss any number of concerns. Students can self-refer to me by filling out an appointment request form. These will be found in the hallway outside the main office, or they can get one from their teacher. Parents and teachers can also request that I meet with a student.
- Group Counseling Sessions: I meet with groups of students for structured, scheduled group sessions that focus on a particular topic. These are created based on student need. Groups will be scheduled on a rotation so students are not missing academics at length. Parents will be notified and permission slips will be signed at that time. Parents may also recommend any student or topic if you think they would benefit from the experience.
In addition, I work with parents and outside professionals (pediatricians or therapists) to ensure that students' needs are met in the school setting. It is important the lines of communication are open between school and home to ensure the most success of our students.