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Laura Shearer

Hello Families! I will be regularly checking email  during the COVID 19 closure.  Please reach out by email if you need anything and I will respond as soon as possible!  I am happy to call or email you!  Please also encourage your student to visit my Google Classroom (Mrs. Shearer's Virtual Counseling Office code: bjnwpb6) for additional resources for students and families to view during this time that we are not physically in school: 
I will be updating my classroom to continue to provide you with additional resources!

In the meantime, below are some resources that provide guidance to parents on how to support their children during the Coronavirus outbreak:

Pennsylvania Support and Referral Helpline
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched the statewide Support & Referral Helpline staffed by skilled and compassionate caseworkers who will be available 24/7 to counsel Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.
The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is available at 1-855-284-2494

How to Talk with Your Child About the Coronavirus
Great New York Times article that discusses how to talk with kids of various ages given the current situation in our country.

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children
Article from the Centers for Disease Control with helpful guidelines.

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus
Article from the Child Mind Institute about talking with your kids about Coronavirus, including the importance of not avoiding the topic.

Coronavirus: Latest Updates and Tips from  Includes many links for helpful information during this challenging time.

Be Somebody who makes Everybody feel like a Somebody 

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Evergreen Elementary
School Counselor: Students with last names L - Z

Hello Students and Families!  My name is Mrs. Shearer and I am beyond thrilled to be part of the Perkiomen Valley family.  I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Secondary Education from Penn State University in 2010.  I then earned my Masters of School Counseling degree from Gwynedd Mercy University in 2013 with a K-12 certification.  This is my 7th year as a School Counselor, and I cannot wait to work with you!

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 Student 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, Emotional Support Team, School Wide Positive Behavior and Intervention Team, and School Improvement Team.  We also have a wide variety of responsibilities including case management of 504 Plans, acting as LEA Representative at IEP meetings, 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.

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 e-mail or call me.