Students’ Developmental Needs
The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. 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 are 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.
What We Stand For
School counselors make a measurable impact in every student’s life, assisting with academic, career and personal/social development. Professional school counselors are trained in both educating and counseling, allowing them to function as a facilitator between parents, teachers and the student in matters concerning the student’s goals, abilities and any areas needing improvement. School counselors provide services not only to students in need, but to all students. (American School Counselor Association)
Berkeley Lake Elementary is staffed by two highly qualified professional school counselors. Together they work with staff, parents and the community to meet the academic, behavioral and social/emotional needs of all students.
Meeting the Challenge
Elementary school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Elementary school counselors don’t work in isolation; rather, they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve success.
Professional school counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program. ASCA’s National Standards in the academic, career, and personal/social domains are the foundation for this work. The ASCA National Model: A Framework For School Counseling Programs,4th Edition (ASCA, 2019), with its data-driven and results-based focus, serves as a guide for today’s school counselor who is uniquely trained to implement this program.
This year I look forward to being the counselor for students in First, Third, and Fifth grades. I am so happy to have Lyndsay Murphy as my new co-counselor at Berkeley Lake. Together we will remove barriers to student learning.
This will be my seventeenth year as a school counselor at Berkeley Lake Elementary School. Previously, I was a school counselor at elementary schools in Alabama and Maryland. I earned a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia, and a Master's degree in Counseling, an Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.), and a certificate in Psychometry, all from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Please let me know how I can help your student on their journey!
Laura Marantz, Ed.S.
This is my first year at Berkeley Lake Elementary as a school counselor, and I am thrilled to be joining this community! Previously, I was a school counselor for middle and high school students at an Atlanta-area independent school for 14 years. I earned a Bachelor's degree in both Communication Studies and Journalism from the University of Iowa, and a Master's degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University.
I look forward to working with you and hope you will reach out to me any time you have questions or concerns. Raising children takes a village, and I'm looking forward to being part of yours.
Lyndsay Murphy, M.A.