Meet Your School Counselor
Jenna Neises is a full-time professional school counselor at Wright Elementary. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisville and a Master's Degree in School Counseling from the University of the Cumberlands.
Mrs. Neises has a passion for teaching children academic, social/emotional and career development skills that will help them become caring, productive, confident contributors to their world.
Mrs. Neises serves ALL children grades K-5 through a Comprehensive School Counseling Program. Students receive counseling services through classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling and individual counseling based on parent/guardian or teacher referral.
Mrs. Neises' normal working hours are 7:15 am - 3:00 pm Monday - Friday. Parents/guardians are welcome to call or email for an appointment!
Work phone: 502-633-5222 ext. 1445
Classroom guidance lessons are presented to all students at Wright Elementary. The lessons encompass academic, college and career readiness, and social/emotional content. The lessons are based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Standards, Kentucky Common Core Content and Indicators for the School School Counseling Program. The lessons are thirty minutes once a month and relate to one of the CASEL competencies - Empathy, Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills and Decision Making.
Individual counseling is a component of the comprehensive school counseling program. Individual counseling is a responsive service focused on meeting a student's immediate needs or concerns. Counseling can help students identify problems, causes, alternative and possible consequences so they can develop appropriate coping skills to take responsible action. Counseling is offered throughout the school year to students in a confidential setting. Students may request counseling themselves or a parent/guardian, teacher, or other school personnel may also refer a student. Counseling is not recorded in a child's cumulative folder as what they share during a counseling session is confidential. However, if the child appears to be in imminent danger, it is the counselor's responsibility to report to the proper authorities.
Small Group Counseling
Small group counseling is one of the direct services available as part of the comprehensive school counseling program at Wright. Small group counseling is available to students in grades K-5. Friendship and/or social skills groups are offered at all grade levels. Other group topics include study skills (attention and organization), handling difficult emotions (anxiety/grief/anger/stress), impulse control, grief/loss and changing families. Counseling is offered in a small group for students expressing difficulties dealing with relationships, personal concerns, or normal developmental tasks. Depending on the topic, a variety of techniques and materials are used, including books, short videos, art materials, role play, games, and suggestions for practice between sessions. Written parental permission is obtained for group counseling.
Consultation and Collaboration
The school counselor consults and collaborates with parents/guardians, school staff, and community agencies, regarding strategies and services to help students and families. Parents are invited to make an appointment with the counselor via email or by calling the school.