Ms. Carie Collazo-Gonzalez
My name is Carie S. Collazo-Gonzalez and I am lucky to be part of the YCSD Team! I am the school counselor for Magruder Elementary. I have been with YCSD for 4 years and have been a school counselor for almost 7 years. I have my master’s in Psychology and in School Counseling. I am also the licensed instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid for our district.
I am the proud mother of two awesome teenagers and we are also a military family. I started my career as a school counselor in Savannah and then we were blessed to move to VA, where I continue to grow as a school counselor! I am proud to serve our students and am here to help in any way that I can. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions you might have!
The mission of our school counseling program is to provide a comprehensive and developmental program that empowers ALL students in their academic, personal/social, and career exploration endeavors. We are only able to accomplish this through a partnership with our Magruder parents, teachers, staff, and community. We look forward to getting to know you and your family this year. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or if we can be of any assistance.
What can your school counselors do for you?
Classroom Counseling –Throughout the school year, counselors will present classroom counseling lessons to students in grades K-5. Students will learn about many important topics which may include:
- Positive peer relationships and conflict resolution
- Emotional regulation and mindfulness
- Character education
- Career Exploration
- Test-taking strategies and study skills
Group Counseling –Students may be referred by parents, teachers, or counselors to participate in small group counseling. Group counseling topics are developed based on the highest needs of students and may include:
- Friendship and social skills
- Emotional regulation
- Resiliency (coping with stressors and/or change)
- Academic success (study skills and work habits)
- Military deployment
Individual Counseling – School counselors provide short-term, goal-oriented counseling. Referrals to community resources will be provided for students needing long-term counseling services. Students may speak with the counselor individually through parent referral, teacher referral, or self-referral. A student may talk with the school counselor about:
- Academic concerns
- Family changes or concerns
- Peer relationships and friendship
Family Life Education – School counselors teach the Family Life Education curriculum to students in Grades K-3. Counselors and classrooms teachers will collaboratively teach the curriculum to students in Grades 4 and 5.
Gifted Program Contact – School counselors serve as the Gifted Program contact at the school. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.
Referrals – If you are in need of assistance, your school counselors can help by locating community resources or referrals for long-term counseling services.