Meet Mrs. Patton
My name is Emily Patton and I look forward to being the counselor at Fannin Elementary. This year begins my 23rd year in education. I taught 3rd and 4th grade for 10 years, and have been a school counselor for 12 years. I am looking forward to starting my 13th year as a counselor at Fannin! I attended Angelo State University and graduated with an elementary education degree, and then attended Hardin Simmons University in Abilene where I received my masters In counseling and human development. My husband Nate and I have two boys, 3 dogs and a tank full of fish. We enjoy traveling, sports and anything to do with the outdoors. My door is always open and I am here to help.
What Does a Counselor Do?
Works with classes, students, and parents
Works with staff to help students do their personal best in class
Provides support through small group counseling, individual counseling, and classroom guidance
Provides crisis intervention for students
Works on problem solving, self-esteem, coping strategies, social skills, changing families, conflict, though the use of character education
What If a student needs to see the counselor?
Student may ask the teacher or campus staff
Parent may request
Staff may refer to counselor
Students may leave a note in the mailbox outside the counselor’s office
How Do Counselors Provide Support?
Classroom Guidance: I will hold classroom guidance lessons with each homeroom once a month. The topics may be character traits, college awareness, careers, or service for others.
Small Group Counseling: Small group counseling sessions may be offered to students throughout the school year, based on student need. This allows students to give and receive help from their peers who may be experiencing similar feelings or situations. These are a few example of small group sessions that have been conducted in the past:
Changing Families- Divorce, step families, blended families
Friendship Fun-How to get along with friends
Social Skills- How to interact with other students and adults
Anxiety/ Worry- Worries about school, friends, sports
Group sessions will typically last 6 sessions, and are made based on teacher or parent referrals. Each session will be about 20-30 minutes long. Sessions will take place at an agreed upon time with the classroom teacher when minimal instruction is missed. Any child may participate in group sessions, with parent permission first. If you have any questions about group, please feel free to contact me!
Individual Counseling: I can work with a student on a one to one basis as needed. Parents or teachers may contact me about meeting with a student about any topic, this will be done with parent permission.
I would love to hear from you!
To contact me please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call me at 240-6819
Monthly Character Lessons/ Topics