I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself! My name is Rob Cooperider and I am the new School Counselor at Westwood Elementary School. I am so excited to be part of the Westwood Elementary family; already it is so apparent how close-knit and welcoming the Wellington community is, I feel very lucky to be part of it!
As a School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the social/emotional, academic, and career development of all students. I tell students that my job is “to help students” and they seem to understand that. Many times I get puzzled looks from adults 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 300 students, staff, families, and community. I will be giving monthly classroom counseling lessons, meeting with students individually and in small groups, meeting with parents, collaborating with teachers and staff, and consulting with community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of all students.
You may have noticed above that I underlined the word, “all” when talking about 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 Counseling programs reach and meet the needs of all students and their families in a school through many types of activities. I am here to advocate for all students. If you ever have any questions or concerns, or do not wish to have your child participate in these school counseling services, please do not hesitate to call (440) 647-7491 or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) at any time.
I am so excited to work with your children and get to know you throughout the school year! ☺
All the best,
Westwood Elementary School Counselor