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Contact Derek Ward  Derek Ward (505) 877-3800 ex: 52622 Counselor

Counseling Services

Hi. My name is Derek Ward, the school counselor at Mountain View Elementary. I enjoy being a part of a wonderful support team! My on-going goal and priority is to be a support resource, serving the needs of our students, parents, and our administration. The counseling program consists of a variety of services which includes:

• Classroom guidance - In which I assist students in developing strong social skills, friendship, respect, bullying awareness, and anti-bullying skills.

• Individual counseling – All individual counseling sessions are considered short-term and solution-focused. If a student requires long-term counseling, assistance will be provided through appropriate referrals and staffing during our Health and Wellness team meetings. Our school does provide outside counseling services in which a contracted therapist is able to see a student for long-term, at school, and possibly by arrangement during non-school hours. Parent permission must be given for these individual sessions.

• Small group – Small group sessions are based upon the need of our students. Any parent or staff can refer a student if they feel the student could benefit from a small group work setting.  Parent permission, in written form, is needed for students to attend.

• Attendance – I work in conjunction with our administration and district officials in addressing concerns regarding excessive absences and tardies.

• Career fair – Each year we hold a career fair for students to explore various career fields. Representatives from various job sites in our area attend. I also go to classrooms to discuss career exploration and topics.

I am available by appointment. Please feel free to call Mountain View Elementary at 877-3800 ext. 52602 to schedule an appointment.