¡Hola a todos! My name is Jennifer Weickum (pronounced Why-Come). I am excited to be the school counselor at Casa Esperanza for the 2019-2020 school year.
I am a licensed NC School Counselor and also an LPC (licensed professional counselor). I’ve been working with kids and families for nearly 20 years, across multiple settings and in 4 states.
My training is in cognitive behavioral theory but I also like to use solution-focused and motivational interviewing techniques with students. I am passionate about Restorative Justice and equity in education. I am also a techie and love learning about new websites, apps, and software.
I am grateful to be a part of the Casa family and look forward to getting to know everyone!
Welcome to 2020!! This is going to be a great year!
Our character trait for the month of January is courage. Courage is the willingness to face obstacles and challenges with determination. This is a great area to consider as the start of the new year.
Great picture books with characters displaying courage include:
- After the Fall, by Dan Santat
- Hannah and Sugar, by Kate Berube
- Not Quite Snow White, by Ashley Franklin
- Truman, by Jean Reidy
- Jabari Jumps, by Gaia Cornwall
Awesome movies with courageous themes include:
- Finding Nemo
- The Iron Giant
What’s going on?
- Lunch Bunches have started. Lunch bunch is small groups of 2-3 kids eating lunch together in my office. During this time the kids socialize and practice positive social skills. This is also a chance for me to get to know different students throughout the building. Kids can request a Lunch Bunch by completing one of the forms on my door.
- Small Counseling Groups will start this month. These groups will meet regularly to learn and practice skills related to positive school behavior. I will be creating more groups as the year progresses.
- Classroom guidance lessons about the monthly character trait will continue.*
* I am always willing to share my lessons and group content with parents. Please let me know if you have questions related to it.
Students are always welcome to stop by my office. I also have forms on my door in case I’m not in my office – just fill one out and slide it under the door.
Parents are welcome to email me. I look forward to working with each of you.
NC Standard Course of Study: defines the appropriate content standards for each grade or proficiency level and each high school course to provide a uniform set of learning standards for every public school in North Carolina
Alliance Mental Health: the managed care organization for publicly-funded behavioral healthcare for the people of Durham, Wake, Cumberland and Johnston counties
Child Development: the early years of a child’s life are very important for his or her health and development