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Jessica Puckett

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Elementary School Counselor

Thanks for visiting this page!  As your child's school counselor, my goal is to support children, staff, and families in a positive, meaningful manner.  Through various responsibilities and roles, I aim to connect, collaborate, and consult with families, staff, and community members in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for students.  Through the facilitation of classroom lessons, group counseling sessions, and individual counseling meetings, I have the opportunity to promote the optimal social-emotional development of our Skippack students.  I look forward to partnering with you as we work to nurture positive social-emotional growth in our kids.  

The mission of the Perkiomen Valley School District is to provide a rich academic and cultural learning environment that maximizes available resources to assure that all students grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally, attaining the skills necessary to become successful citizens. 

What do PV Elementary School Counselors do?
Elementary school counselors are responsible for helping students with their social and emotional growth and adjustment within the school setting.   One primary role that school counselors have is teaching age appropriate classroom guidance lessons at each grade level.  We also support students by consulting with staff, parents, and outside professionals regarding student behaviors and concerns, working closely with the Instructional Support Team regarding academic concerns and initiating the first steps of  multi-disciplinary evaluations.  Counselors typically serve on various committees such as the Student Assistance Program, Instructional Support Team, School Wide Positive Behavior and Intervention Team, and School Safety Committee.  We also have a wide variety of responsibilities including case management of 504 Plans, acting as LEA Representative at IEP meetings, and discussing attendance issues with parents/guardians.  Counselors are responsible for conducting the first stage of gifted screenings and gathering data for full evaluations for students who qualify.   Other tasks include assisting students with financial need through programs offered during the school year, working with students in small groups, assisting with PSSA testing, and assisting the principal as requested.  In general, counseling offered in the school setting is short-term in nature and families are referred to outside agencies for ongoing therapeutic needs, upon request.

What if my child is having a problem at school?
It is always best to start by contacting your child's teacher.  They spend the most amount of time with your child and often can be very insightful regarding your concerns.  If you need additional support after contacting the teacher, please feel free to contact me.