From the Counselor - Ms. Lopez MA Ed
Welcome Coyote Trail Families!
I would like to introduce myself. I am Ms. Lopez, the school counselor at Coyote Trail. This will be my 7thyear as a counselor; all of which at Coyote Trail! I have been in Marana District for a very long time. I began as a student in 4th grade at Thornydale Elementary. I then attended Tortolita for Middle School; 5th-8th grades, and graduated from Mountain View High School (not admitting how long ago). I have two children Hailey who is a Sophomore at Mountain View this year, and Brendan who is in 8th grade at Tortolita. In their young years, I was a parent volunteer, then substitute taught while going to school for my Masters in School Counseling. I was so happy and grateful when I became a counselor in the district.
What does the school counselor do at Coyote Trail? Not what you would think.
The dynamic of School Counseling has changed a great deal in recent years. I am always met with surprise when I talk to parents about what my job entails. In Marana, we follow the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) National Model. Gone are the days of sitting in an office waiting for “student problems”. We are very proactive! Below describes briefly how I support students and families at Coyote Trail.
Class Guidance lessons for every class- Each class at Coyote Trail comes to my classroom every other week for counseling lessons. These lessons cover problem solving, friendship, kindness, bullying, test taking and study skills, social interaction, character building, etc. I also provide additional class building activities that teachers can sign their classes up for. Counseling at the movies (1 per year 4th-6th), Kindness activities (Ben’s Bells Kind Campus), and new this year, class building games and activities.
Small Group Counseling- These groups are for students that can use some additional small group assistance. Groups form based on the type of needs. Examples are: Changing Families, ADHD or behavior management, anger/feelings management, relaxation and anxiety strategies, friendship building, etc. These groups meet one day a week for 30 minutes. Sign up forms will be available in the front office or they can be accessed HERE.
Individual Check-in’s: School Counseling is not meant to be therapy. However, in times of crisis or concerns, I can meet periodically with students for check-ins and to provide additional support.
“Behind the Scenes”: I wear many hats at Coyote Trail and within the District. These hats help me to support our students and families in many ways. This year I became the 504 Coordinator. If your child has a current 504 or will need one, I will be the contact person. I am also the McKinney-Vento rep. (helping our homeless/students in transition population). I am a PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) facilitator and site team member. I am also on the District Crisis Team as a Lead and participate on our Student Support Team at Coyote Trail. I coordinate our Holiday Share program at Coyote Trail and work with our District Social Workers and Student Services to help our students in need. Last, but not least, I am a Tutor (Move on When Reading Program).
Kind Kids Campus: We are a Kind Kids Campus utilizing supplies and activities from Ben’s Bells. If you are unfamiliar with Ben’s Bells and their mission please check-out Ben's Bells.
Counseling Web Page: Counseling resources are available on our website under the "Services" menu, by selecting Counseling.
If you have any questions or would like to visit the counseling room, please feel free to contact me.