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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:

Mary Cantillo Elementary Counselor
Kate McManus Middle School Counselor
Lynn Halcomb Middle/High School Counselor
Lori Lewis High School Counselor
Lance Bergman College Resource

ESE Liaisons

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.

Valerie Barker ESE Liaison & Admissions Coordinator
Linda Lyons ESE Liaison & Grants

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.

Lorrie Hansen, RN is our School 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.