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Welcome back Dragons, and thank you for visiting the James Leitch Elementary School Counseling page! My name is Jennie Vang and I am excited to be your school counselor. This will be my second year serving our school community here at James Leitch. My role as a professional school counselor is to provide a proactive, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate program to address students' academic and career goals, in addition to supporting their social and emotional needs.  This is accomplished through a partnership with parents/guardians, staff, and community members to enable all students to become successful, productive, contributing citizens, and lifelong learners in a diverse and changing world.

Why is elementary school counseling important?

Sometimes, students face various challenges that affect their learning. The goal is to provide them with a safe place to work through these challenges and learn the appropriate coping skills and social skills to become successful in all areas of their lives. Elementary school counseling plays an important part in identifying and preventing these challenges from affecting them as they grow to be confident, responsible individuals.

Services Provided by the School Counselor:

  • Classroom Guidance Lessons
  • Small Group Counseling
  • Brief Individual Counseling
  • Parent Communications/Workshops
  • Community Resource Referrals

* Please note that School Counselors do not provide “mental health therapy.” All services will be brief and educationally related. Referrals for outside counseling services are available for children in need of additional support 

The school counselor can help students with:

  • Working well with others/friendship issues
  • Feeling good and confident about themselves
  • Managing feelings (stress, anger, worry etc.)
  • How to be a problem-solver
  • Learning to make good decisions
  • Dealing with peer pressure and bullying
  • Adjusting to a new school
  • Grief and loss
  • Assisting with anything that affects ability to learn
  • Preparing for junior high
  • And much more!

I am very grateful to have the opportunity to serve our school community at James Leitch Elementary. I look forward to building meaningful relationships and getting to know all the students and you! Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. 

Warmest regards,

Ms. Vang

Phone: (510) 657-6100 ext. 44205