• School Counseling

    The Counseling Corner :) 

    I am so happy you are visiting the School Counseling Corner!  My name is Katie Gaylord and I am the School Counselor at Waller Mill Elementary School - Fine Arts Magnet.  I graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island for my Undergraduate Degree (GO FRIARS!) and then traveled to Western New York to earn a Masters Degree in School Counseling at Saint Bonaventure University, where I also met my husband Jeff.  Jeff was the athletic trainer for the men's basketball team.  As a career switcher, Jeff first taught 7th grade Life Science at Tabb Middle School and is currently an ACI for York County School Division! Jeff and I have earned our School Leadership Degree from the College of William and Mary.  I have the privilege of leading our Division's Elementary School Counseling Team, which is made up of 11 School Counselors.  :)

    Our GREATEST joys are our two boys, Peter, Tommy, and little girl Grace. :)  We also have a sweet golden retriever named Millie!

    As your child’s School Counselor, I align with the schools mission to support the academic, career, and personal/social needs of all students.  In the first few weeks, I meet with our newest students at 'New Kids Meet and Greet' and also work alongside Mrs. Flanary to lead our SCA students in greeting our new friends! I spend time visiting classrooms and introducing my program to our children. 

    There are FRIENDSHIP groups to join, as well as other lunch bunch options!  I am able to meet with your students individually or in a group setting.  Topics of interest are usually: Bucket Filling, Friendship/Social Skills, Anger and Stress Management, Parent Separation/Divorce, Deployment within a Family, Grief / Loss, Character Education, Study Skills/Organization, Bullying Prevention/Bucket Dipping, Careers, Drug Awareness, Family Transition, and Building Confidence/Self-Esteem.

    I also serve as the PEP / Extend contact here in the building.

    Peace begins with a SMILE. :)

    Feel free to stop by or contact me @ 220-4571 and/or kgaylord@ycsd.york.va.us

    “Happiness cannot come from without.  It must come from within.  It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.”

    -Helen Keller :)

    Take care,

    Mrs. Gaylord

    Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

    Bucket Filling is integrated into each classroom yearly. I have presented at the state level on this topic and am very passionate about filling buckets. Please ask your student to fill you in on this school-wide concept.  I'd be happy to chat with you too about our buckets!