Grace Episcopal Day School promises academic excellence for all of its students. In striving to achieve that mission, we believe in the social and emotional learning and growth of our students as an essential component to success. The School Counselor at Grace works closely with the Learning Specialist, Division Heads, and classroom teachers to provide support and scaffolding to all students of Grace, especially those that would benefit from additional emotional support. Collaborating with each teacher and individual students and families, the School Counselor advances the school’s ongoing commitment to the success of every student at Grace.
Participate in Child Study Team meetings with faculty and administrators to discuss issues concerning students and additional supports needed (i.e. classroom strategies, tutoring, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychotherapy, and evaluations)
Meet regularly with each homeroom teacher, the Learning Specialist, and the Directors of Early Childhood and Elementary Education to discuss strategies to best support students
Teach classroom lessons focused on health and wellness as well as building social skills and self-esteem
Facilitate Individual and small group meetings with students to address various needs (friendship, anxiety, social conflicts)
Summarize neuropsychological reports for parents and teachers and determine the supports that can be implemented inside and outside of school
Participate in facilitating parent education on a range of topics (might include a workshop offering once a trimester)
Participate in parent-teacher conferences as needed
When necessary, assist families in finding appropriate outside counseling support
Offer training to teachers on child development and techniques to help all students succeed
Bachelor’s Degree with a background in school counseling
Experience with young children, and preferably in a school setting
Interest in working in a team setting in a diverse school community
Effective communication skills both oral and written
Experience using standard office equipment and school technology
Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team
Preferred candidates will have:
A passion for supporting the social and emotional needs of children age 3 to Grade 5 and their families
A willingness to coach and guide faculty in their support of children
An open-hearted view of children as growing and changing
A demonstrated interest in promoting equity and inclusion in a diverse school community
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Jennifer Danish, Head of School, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About GRACE EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL
Grace Episcopal Day School, a Preschool through Grade 5 school in Kensington, Maryland, is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to nurturing the mind, body, and spirit in a welcoming and diverse community. www.geds.org.
Grace Episcopal Day School will provide every student the opportunity for academic excellence in a caring, nurturing, moral environment that embraces diversity and promotes creativity, self-confidence, and service to others.