Mr. Mark Jones (Full-time)
“Every single person you will ever meet shares that common desire. They want to know: ‘Do you see me? Do you hear me? Does what I say mean anything to you?'” Oprah Winfrey
I am thrilled to be the full-time school counselor at Nottingham starting in the 2018-19 school year. I have lived in Arlington with my wife for over 30 years and we raised our children here. Now it is just the two of us at home with our dog, Davy. 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 have been an elementary school counselor for the last two years by splitting my time at three schools: Arlington Traditional School, Ashlawn and Jamestown. Under Mary Beth McCormac’s prior leadership, the Nottingham school counseling program has long been a national model of excellence and I hope to continue her great work.
Ms. 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
The Nottingham Elementary Counseling Program became a Recognized American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Model Program (RAMP) in 2011. The program Re-RAMPed in 2014. The RAMP designation, awarded to schools that align with the criteria set in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. Approximately 4200 schools nationwide have received this honor since the program’s inception in 2004. RAMP applications are reviewed by a panel of school counseling professionals.
The primary audience for the “Counselor’s Corner” is parents. We want to inform parents about the school counseling program and state our willingness to work as part of a team to maximize the functioning of all Nottingham students. A school counseling program is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design and developmental in nature. The Nottingham counseling program is designed to ensure that every student receives the program benefits. The program focuses on what students should know, understand, and be able to do in 3 areas: academic, college and career readiness, and social/emotional. The majority of the school counselors’ time is spent in direct services with students; however, the counselors are available to parents and staff for consultation. We support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the Nottingham community.
What is Counseling?
Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals (American Counseling Association, 2010).
What do school counselors do?
- Develop a plan for the program based on needs
- Counsel students individually and/or in groups
- Provide systematic and developmental classroom lessons to all students
- Respond to student needs in crisis situations
- Orient students to new school settings
- Work with absentees and chronic tardiness
- Refer students to special programs and/or services when necessary
- Analyze assessment results to provide information about abilities, achievement, interests and needs
- Coordinate efforts with other school specialists
- Conduct conferences with parents and facilitate parent discussion groups
- Coordinate staff support activities
- Adhere to ethical and legal standards
- Pursue continuous professional growth and development
- Conduct an annual evaluation of the 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).