DFE School Counseling Department
The school counselors at Devon Forest are available to ALL students.
What does a school counselor do?Our job most likely looks a lot different than the "guidance counselor" you may think of from years ago. More on that here.
The school counselors at Devon Forest Elementary School offer a variety of services in a comprehensive school counseling program for students and families. These services are designed to help, support, and advocate for students to be successful socially, emotionally, and academically. These services also promote personal growth, which in turn, raise academic standards. As part of those services we offer....
Individual brief counseling is offered to all students at any time based on the student's needs.
Small Group Counseling:
As part of our school’s comprehensive school counseling program, we offer small groups periodically over the year that focus on a specific topic with the support of peers. Many students are invited to participate in a small group experience throughout the year. Small groups provide educational opportunities. Groups are structured, confidential, and typically involve teaching and practicing new skills. Groups are formed based on need and requests.
Monthly Classroom Lessons:
Our classroom guidance lessons are scheduled with K4 through 5th homeroom classes once a month. Classroom lessons cover a variety of topics related to Social/Emotional, Academic, and Career Development. This includes character education, growth mindsets, personal safety, academic success skills, and career exploration/awareness. The themes and activities during these lessons help students learn to work with others, learn how to problem solve and make good choices, demonstrate soft skills, and learn about the world of work.
October: Meet the School Counselors
November: Feelings, Coping Skills, Mindfulness
December: Diversity-Embracing Differences
January: Kindness, Friendship, Conflict Resolution
February: Personal Safety
March: Growth Mindset and Perseverance
April: Academic Success
May: Career Awareness and Exploration
Other Lessons:Drug Awareness and PreventionSelf-Discipline - Goal SettingParent and/or Teacher Consultations and Community Resource Referrals:
School counselors are available to teachers, parents, guardians, and families with any questions, concerns, consultations, and conferences regarding student concerns.
Degrees and Certifications:
My name Is Judy Hartzog and I've had the privilege of being a counselor at Devon Forest Elementary for over 20 years. I received my undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina, and my Master of School Counseling at The Citadel. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in School Counseling. I love working with our students in small groups, the classroom, and individually. I look forward to another year of working with your children. Please call or email with concerns or questions. We are here to help your children have their very best school day.
Degrees and Certifications:
Hello, my name is Leandra Vallez and this is my fifth year at Devon Forest Elementary School! I received my Bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), and my Master's degree in School Counseling from Clemson University (Go Tigers!). I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA). I love working with students individually, in small groups, and in the classroom. I am excited to support and advocate for the students and families of DFE. Please do not hesitate to call or email us with any concerns or questions.