Meet Your School Counselor
Juanita Hagan is a full-time professional school counselor at Wright Elementary. She earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University and a Master's Degree in Educational Counseling and Psychology from University of Louisville.
Ms. Hagan has a passion for teaching children personal, social, emotional, academics, career skills that help them become caring, productive, confident contributors to their world.
Ms. Hagan serves ALL children grades K-5 through a Developmental Guidance Program. Services offered include classroom guidance, small counseling groups, individual counseling and student goal planning sessions, parent consultation teacher consultation/collaboration and referral for outside services.
Students my self-refer or be referred by a teacher, staff member or parent. Mrs. Hagan's normal working hours are 7:15 am - 3:30 pm Monday - Friday. Parents/guardians should feel free to call or email for an appointment.
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Classroom guidance lessons taught 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-twice a month August-May-depending on need. Lessons are designed to support the school's Leader in Me school-wide initiative.
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 appropriate action. Counseling is offered throughout the school year to students in a confidential setting. Students may request counseling themselves by completing Need to Talk form or a putting a note in the counselor's mailbox. Also, the parent/guardian, teacher, administrator, counselor or RTI team may also refer a student. Counseling is not recorded in a child's cumulative folder.
Small Counseling Groups
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 kindergarten through grade 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.
Parent Workshops are offered to parents and guardians on a variety of topics that support the academic, emotional, social and personal growth of children.
The school counselor provides support and assistance to students who experience critical and emergency situations. Crisis response includes intervention and follow-up to the immediate needs and is designed to prevent the situation from becoming more severe. Crisis counseling at school is short-term and temporary in nature. Referrals for appropriate community resources will be made for students/families who need further support and services.
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Ms. Hagan’s Mission Statement
The Wright Elementary School Counseling mission is to support ALL students in academic, career, and personal/social /emotional development in partnership with parents/guardians, school personnel, and community members.
Wright Elementary School will provide a safe, positive environment for students to build a foundation of life-long learning skills, good citizenship, respect for self and others, and enthusiasm for achieving their highest creative and academic potential.
Philosophy and Belief Statements
The School Counselor at Wright Elementary believes every student:
- Has dignity and worth.
- Has the right to be served by a comprehensive school counseling program to develop and practice essential skills for lifetime learning and healthy relationships
- Deserves respect for his/her ethnic background and diversified needs.
The Wright Elementary Counseling program:
- Planned, coordinated and managed by a state-certified master’s level school counselor in consultation with other representatives of the school and community.
- ALL students have access to counseling services through classroom guidance lessons, group and/or individual activities to enhance student learning and growth.
- Provides academic, career, personal and social development support for every student.
- Uses data to drive the program development and evaluation, and actively monitors student results based on his/her strengths and needs.
- Provides support to parents by offering referral sources for counseling needs.
- Collaborates with parents, school staff and community service providers to identify and remove barriers to learning, and social/emotional growth.
Child Protective Services Information
The law states that it is the duty of anyone who has reasonable cause to believe that a child is abused, neglected or dependent to report this information.
If you believe a child is being abused, neglected or is dependent, please call the Child Protection Hotline number below:
Child Protection Hot Line:
Non-emergency Reporting: https://prd.chfs.kygov/ReportAbuse/home.aspx