Elementary School

ES COUNSELING WELCOME

Welcome to the CAC Elementary School Counseling Website! Your elementary school counseling team includes Dana Purpura and Carey Harris. We hope this site gives you a clearer understanding of my role as school counselor and helpful information about our counseling program.

Cairo American College Elementary School Counselor
The CAC Elementary Counselors work in partnership with students, parents, and staff to provide a comprehensive counseling program that aligns with our schools mission and core values. We seek to enhance our student body's desire to contribute to a global world by fostering culturally, socially and environmentally minded, responsible and respectful young adults who have a sense of confidence and aspire to take an active role in creating a brighter future.  

The CAC Counselors are student advocates who believe in each students intrinsic worth. We seek to create a community atmosphere in which all members feel safe, valued, supported and encouraged to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. It is our mission to provide proactive and responsive services to meet the needs of our community. Our program is continually evolving to assist students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development, and college/career awareness in our ever changing society.

What is a School Counselor’s training?
Most school counselors have completed a rigorous training program and have at least a Master's degree in school counseling. During graduate school counselors receive a background in human growth and development, counseling practice and theory, career development, educational practice and theory, group work, and consultation. In addition, school counselors complete many hours of internship in school settings.

Who are School Counselors for?
At CAC, the elementary school counselors provide services in the following ways:

  • Classroom guidance lessons
  • Small group counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Assistance in crisis situations
  • Coordinates efforts with other school professionals in order to help students to be successful
  • Act as a consultant and referral source between school, parents, and community
  • Helps in the process of admitting and orientating new families to the school
  • Parent presentations and/or workshops

How does a student see the School Counselor?

  • Self-referral
  • Teacher referral
  • Parent referral
  • Administrative referral

There are many reasons for children to seek out their school counselor. The times that we live in can be stressful and difficult. Many personal and school related problems can have a direct impact on a child's ability to learn. School counselors provide a safe and confidential environment for all students to help facilitate their academic and social success.