The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their
academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence
as learners. Students at this age begin to develop character values and
skills related to decision-making, problem-solving, and appropriate communication.
It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward
school, self, peers, social groups and family.
Comprehensive, developmental school counseling programs provide education,
prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects
of children's lives. Early identification and intervention of children's
academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers
to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes
and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and
personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the
foundation for future success.
Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes
and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident
learners. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program,
counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community
to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention,
early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all
children can achieve academic success. The professional elementary school
counselor holds a master's degree and required state certification in
school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional
development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing
today's students. Professional association membership enhances the school
counselor's knowledge and effectiveness ( ASCA ).
Pine View Counselors:
The ESE Liaisons are program administrators for students with disabilities
and for gifted students. Additionally, the bureau coordinates student
services throughout the state and participates in multiple inter-agency
efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available
to students with special needs.
Other Support Staff
Tim Gissal is Pine View's School Psychologist. Tim is academically trained
in the psychology of learning, cognition, and human development. He works
with school personnel and families to help create a better learning experience
for students. In most cases the school psychologist is itinerant, serving
each assigned school at least one day per week.
Agata Gobic is the School Social Worker. School social workers seek
to modify behavior using individual and group interventions, collaboration,
and consultation. They intervene with parents, teachers, children and
community agencies to help children and families participate successfully
in the total school program. A school social worker serves as a primary
link between the home, school and community. In most cases the school
social worker is itinerant, serving each assigned school at least one
day per week.
Beth Banko, RN is our Community Health Nurse. The School Health Program
at the Sarasota County Health Department is primarily concerned with
the provision of health services for school children in order that they
may function at the optimum level physically, mentally and socially.
Detective Lynn Brown is Pine View's School Resource Officer (S.R.O.). The
S.R.O. Program involves placing a regular, sworn law enforcement officer
within the schools where they act as a liaison between law enforcement
and the schools. The program is a proactive approach to law enforcement
in which the primary goal is to promote the preventive responsibility
rather than the apprehension responsibility. The S.R.O.s utilize a number
of different approaches to accomplish the goals of improving student/police
relations, making campuses safer and also providing an array of services.
The officers assigned to the elementary schools provide presentations
on bicycle safety, the police officer's role, Stranger Danger, a 10 week
program on D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), as well as other
personal safety programs.