Dear Parents and Guardians,
Mamawi Atosketan Native School has a full time Guidance Counselor. This letter will give you an idea of who the guidance counselor is and what he does.
So, what will the guidance counselor be doing? The guidance counselor will be helping students work with academic, social, and emotional issues to prepare them for success in school and in life in general. Some of the things the counselor will do will be with the entire classroom, with possible topics such as: anti-bullying, self-esteem building, friendship and social skills, and career planning. The guidance counselor may also meet with small groups of students to discuss things such as: personal boundaries, anger management, grief and loss, and character building. The Guidance Counselor may also meet with your child individually. Often these meetings will be to talk about things that have happened in the classroom or on the playground and exploring positive ways to deal with friends and classmates. At other times individual meetings might be about feelings and normal questions kids ask as they grow and develop. Occasionally, students might wish to talk about family or personal concerns they are struggling with. At times parents/guardians may be invited to these meetings - with their child or separately. Besides all of that, the Guidance Counselor will be helping with classroom and playground supervision, he may help with extra-curricular activities and sports, and he may go along on field trips or help with other needs as they arise.
And who is the new Guidance Counselor? Mr. Kelly Stickle has been working with children and youth professionally for over 14 years. He served as a Residence Hall Dean at Parkview Adventist Academy for six years helping grades 10-12 students living away from home get through school and transition into adulthood. For two years he was the care-giver for a developmentally handicapped girl. And most recently, Mr. Stickle has been a Child and Youth Care Worker at several group homes in Central Alberta. Mr. Stickle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Canadian University College in Lacombe, Alberta in 2006, and in May 2012, Mr. Stickle graduated from the University of Northern British Columbia with a Master’s Degree in Psychology. He immigrated to Central Alberta from Vancouver Island in 1997 but still isn’t used to Alberta winters. He has also begun the steps to become registered as a Psychologist in Alberta, which will involve being supervised by a registered psychologist during this school year.
Please feel free to contact Mr. Stickle through the school or by e-mail if you would like to meet with him, or have questions, or concerns for your child.