Meet the School Counselor
Welcome to the School Counseling webpage! My name is Kristina Stacey and I have been the School Counselor at Carrolltowne Elementary since 2010. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Johns Hopkins University as well as a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Loyola University. In addition, I have my private practice license in counseling. When I am not helping our students at CES, I am an Adjunct Professor at McDaniel College teaching graduate level counseling classes as well as the Area Coordinator of School Counseling for McDaniel College. Personally, I have three boys: Logan who is a sophomore at University of MD College Park; Evan who is a junior at Liberty High School; and Tristan who is in 8th grade at Oklahoma Road Middle School.
My office hours are Monday – Friday 8:45 – 4:15. I can be reached at 410-751-3530 or KristinaStacey@carrollk12.org if you have any questions or concerns. Please keep in mind that I am the sole counselor to 650 students so my response time may take 24-48 hours. Thank you for your understanding!
School Counseling Services
MISSION: Carroll County Public School Counselors facilitate the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. School Counselors are integral members of the instructional team. They directly impact student achievement by delivering comprehensive services that meet the needs of the 21st Century school community.
VISION: Professional School Counselors are uniquely trained leaders who promote success for all students. They collaborate with school stakeholders using data-driven decisions to facilitate the success of the 21st Century learner in an ever-changing society. As a result the student will:
- achieve to his/her maximum potential
- demonstrate academic, career and personal/social problem-solving skills
- recognize and appreciate individual and cultural differences
- develop communication, citizenship and employability skills to make positive contributions to the community
- access human and technological resources for support and information
What types of school counseling supports are available to students?
- Individual Counseling- A process where I meet with students to discuss issues in a safe, positive, and confidential setting. Topics are based on the needs of the student and may include: feelings, changing families, peer pressure, friendship problems, academic achievement, bullying prevention and awareness, getting along with others, problem-solving, character development and decision-making. School counseling is short term counseling for issues that are causing academic distractions. For long term, family, and/or for issues that are happening at home, I can provide a list of mental health counselors in the area.
- Small Group Counseling- A process where I meet students, sharing similar issues and concerns, working together in a small group environment consisting of about 4-7 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 4-6 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the student population and may include friendship and social skills, and anger management.
- Classroom-Based School Counseling Curriculum- A process where I develop, schedule and implement K-5 classroom curriculum. This K-5 curriculum addresses social, emotional, academic, and career-related needs. Teaching developmental skills using age-appropriate, classroom-based lessons. Topics may include conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing, bullying prevention and awareness, feelings, cooperation, decision-making, school success skills and peer pressure. Each homeroom receives one counseling lesson per month for 20-45 minutes depending on the grade.
Resources and Supports
School Counselor Role
Minimizing Summer Learning Loss
Back to School
- Netsmartz.org (partner of Nat'l Center for Missing/Exploited Children)
- Connect Safely - Resources include tips for strong, secure passwords, tips to help stop cyberbullying, and safe cell phone and video game use. Also include parent guides to Instagram and Snapchat and other popular social media sites.
Diverse Populations/ Special Needs
- The Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health
- MSDE ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Resource Site
- Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
- Effective strategies and resources to manage anxiety
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Get Connected Family Resource Center
Military Active Duty/National Guard/Reservist Family Support
- www.mic3.net - Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission
- Military Child Coalition (MCEC) -ensures quality educational opportunities for military children
- Military One Source (MOS) -free counseling, legal, accounting, clergy services, etc.
- Our Military Kids -provides $500 grant for extra-curricular activities
- National Guard Programs for Educators and Parents
- Corner on Character
- Sesame Workshop: Military FamiliesNational Guard Family Program
Transitioning to Middle School
Great "EI" (emotional intelligence) Website Resources for Kids
Counseling Resources in Carroll County
- Carroll County Youth Service Bureau
- Carroll County Community Mediation
- Carroll County Human Services Programs
- Carroll County Bereavement Support