Dear Kraftcubs Families!
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself! My name is Tracey Youell and I am the K-5 Elementary School Counselor. I am so excited to be part of the Kraft Elementary family again this 2020-2021 school year. I feel very lucky to be part of it!
My passion for school counseling began during my time as an elementary school teacher. What I love most about the elementary level is the genuine curiosity students have in their learning and the world around them, as well as the opportunity for early intervention support that can have a lifetime positive impact on a child.
As a School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, career, and social/emotional development of all students. Many times I get puzzled looks when I say I provide career development at the elementary level, but it is never too early for children to be exposed to the opportunities their futures will hold! I look forward to offering support to the Kraft students, staff, families, and community. I meet with students individually and in small groups, conduct classroom guidance lessons, meet with parents, collaborate with teachers and staff, and consult with community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of all Kraft Elementary students.
You may have noticed above that I put in bold and underlined the word, “all” students. Sometimes when the term “counselor” is heard, some may perceive that a counselor may only work with a select few students in a 1:1 counseling capacity, but that is not the case! School Counselor programs reach and meet the needs of all students in a school through many various ways, including those listed above. I am here to advocate for all students. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call (757-825-4760) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). I am so excited to work with your children and get to know you throughout the school year!
All the best,
Ms. Tracey Youell, M.Ed
Professional School Counselor
Kraft Elementary School