I am so honored to be the School Counselor at Stewart Elementary. The 2019-2020 school year is the third year I have had the privilege to work with such amazing students and school family. My family and I excitedly moved to St. Joseph, Michigan from Carbondale, Illinois the summer of 2017.
I earned by Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2007, and went straight to earn my Masters of Science in Education degree in Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and graduated in 2010. I also am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
I gained most of my Counseling experience (8 years) from Elementary Schools and Community Mental Health Agencies in the southern Illinois region. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, my dogs, exercising, and enjoying the outdoors.
Mrs. Galloway is here to help ALL students succeed!
It's that simple! I can do this in a number of ways. All students, at some point, need support during the school day. When this happens and students are having a problem personally, socially, or emotionally, I use solution-focused counseling to help get the student back on track to return to the classroom with a clear head. My comprehensive school counseling program is designed to help students individually, in a small group, and regular classroom social emotional lessons.
- Individual sessions: I can meet with students to discuss any number of concerns. Students can self-refer to me by asking their teacher, writing me a note, or asking me directly. Parents and teachers can also request that I meet with a student via email or a phone call. Many children talk to me about strong feelings, friendships, family changes, struggles with school, stress, pretty much anything and everything!
- Group Counseling Sessions: I meet with groups of students for structured, scheduled group sessions that focus on particular skills. For example, strategies for academic success, problem solving, or stress management techniques. Groups are formed based on student needs and typically run for 6-8 weeks, Students can be invited to groups by parents, teachers, or even a self referral.
Social Emotional Lessons (SEL): I am scheduled to teach lessons in all classrooms every week for 30 minutes. Topics are developmentally appropriate and based on the American School Counseling Association’s National Standards. You can find out more about the lessons by viewing the following website: https://www.jesselewischooselove.org
In addition, I often work with outside professionals to ensure that students' needs are met in the school setting.
I am also here to help teachers, staff, and parents!
Here are just a few of the ways I can help:
- Student Concerns: I often help teachers brainstorm interventions and create stronger connections with their students.
- Classroom observations: I frequently can be found observing and collecting data to use to collaborate with other Stewart staff to address any challenges that are creating a barrier to learning.
- Behavior Management: Teachers, administrators, parents and I often work together to create and implement classroom behavior plans or individual behavior contracts.
- Parent/Teacher conferences: I am happy to join you for parent meetings.
- Class Meetings: If a particular issue arises in your child’s classroom, I may come in to do an extra lesson. Topics may include social inclusion/exclusion, grief, or even expected classroom behaviors.
I’m so grateful to be a part of the Stewart family, and I am looking forward to getting to know you and your children again this year! Please do not hesitate to call or email anytime!
(269) 428-1418 x 6090 firstname.lastname@example.org