Mr. Mark Jones (Full-time)
I am a full-time school counselor at Nottingham. I have lived in Arlington with my wife for over 30 years and we raised our children here. I am an avid walker, bicyclist, tennis player and vegetable gardener. I was a trial lawyer for many years before deciding to change careers and enroll in graduate school for school counseling. My undergraduate degree is from Connecticut College and I attended George Washington University for my masters in school counseling. I believe that the quality of our relationships with children is usually the best predictor of how well we help them. I see my role as helping students create solutions to their problems. Students and I explore their goals and identify small, experimental steps that help them create their preferred future.
Certifications: Grief and Loss, Data Specialist, Bullying Prevention and Legal and Ethical (all from the American School Counselor Assn.); Yoga 4 Classrooms instructor (from Yoga 4 Classrooms®) and Google for Educators, Level 1.
Ms. Kelynne Bisbee (Tuesdays)
Ms. Bisbee is a part-time school counselor at Nottingham on Tuesdays. She earned her M.Ed. and C.A.G.S. (masters plus 30) in School Counseling at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000. Ms. Bisbee was the full-time counselor at Barcroft for 5 years and Glebe for 3 years. Since becoming a mom, she has been a part-time counselor at Nottingham, Carlin Springs, and Barrett schools. Ms. Bisbee has presented at national and state school counseling conferences and is a published author. She lives in Arlington with her husband, young son, mother-in-law, and pets. Ms. Bisbee works at Nottingham on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 4:00. Due to her itinerant schedule, she prefers to be contacted initially by email at Kelynne.firstname.lastname@example.org and she will respond in a timely manner.
Nottingham Elementary School Counseling Program
Privacy and confidentiality are essential to having an effective school counseling program. Nottingham recognizes the importance of good communication and good working relationships between students, parents, and the school. Therefore, every effort will be made to protect student and parent privacy rights except under certain limited conditions. These conditions generally included safety issues (harm to self and/others), legal issues, and professional responsibilities (see the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors at www.schoolcounselor.org).