Mrs. Stessman

 

Available every day!

Phone: 402-554-8690
(Personal voice mail)

Email: jennifer.stessman@ops.org

Welcome to the Guidance and Counseling Center!
Our job is to make certain that children are ready to learn every day!

Welcome!

I am the guidance counselor at Washington, and I am here every day.  I'm lucky enough to work with every teacher, every classroom, and every student!  I love Washington, and this will be my 11th year here. 
 
My goal is to help every child be the best learner they can be, and to support thier classroom experience so they can be as successful as possible.  I teach success skills in every classroom every week, and I meet with most children at least a few times either individually or in small groups.  Check out the tabs below to find out more about each componant of my program, and to see the guidance goals for each grade level. 

  If I do not already know you, stop by and say hello.  I am excited to get to know you and your child!

Guidance Program

Every child at Washington is taught classroom group guidance once a week.  During guidance,
a counselor comes to your child's class and teaches skills for:
  • getting along better with others
  • understanding themselves and their feelings
  • being successful academically
  • staying healthy and drug-free
  • planning for their future goals
For a complete list of each grade level competency, please click on the following link:

Curriculum Competancy by Grade PK-6.doc

Ask your child what they learned in guidance this week!
Many students at Washington also participate in small groups.  The counselors invite children who all need additional instruction in the same area to join the group.  There are usually 4 to 6 children in a group, and they meet for 30 minutes a week, for 6 weeks, in the counselors office.  We talk, play games, and do special projects.  Children learn so much from each other in groups!  Some small groups that are planned for this school year are:

  • Dealing with Divorce
  • Anger Management/ Self Control
  • Friendship
  • Being a Team Player
  • Grief/ Loss
Let either of us know if you think your child could benefit from group!
We have a wealth of information available to us to assist families with specific needs.  Please call us if your child has a need that is affecting his ability to do his/her best at school.  Some examples of needs we have helped with in the past are:
  • Food pantries
  • Cold weather attire/ shoes
  • Low/no cost community counseling
  • Low/ no cost medical care
Guidance counselors are also involved in consulting with parents, school staff, agency counselors, doctors, and many others in the community on an as needed basis.  We actively participate in many meetings to discuss the needs of individual students and how to best assure that they are at school ready to learn. 

Occasionally, we will  meet with students one on one to help alleviate short term anxieties and to promote problem solving.  If we feel it is a long term issue, we will work with you to find the resources within the community to address the issue.  Some examples of  counseling done by guidance counselors are:
  • Death of a relative or pet
  • Teasing/ Bullying
  • Friendship problems
  • Family transition (separation, divorce)
  • Behavioral problems