Dessau Elementary is very fortunate to have two counselors this year, Courtney Cardosa and Sandra Sebesta.
This is my 12th year as a counselor at DES. I have been in PISD for 15 years. I have a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling and also have my Licensed Professional Counselor Certification. I am currently seeing students, but I am providing individual and group counseling to students that are referred to me. I see students for loss and grief, anger management, friendship, and social and emotional difficulties. I am also acting as testing coordinator for our school. This role allows Mrs. Sebesta the ability to focus less on testing during the spring and more on continuing counseling services for our children! I am at DES part-time. My working days are Wednesdays, Fridays, and every other Monday. I have three beautiful children at home, which is why I have chosen to continue in this position part-time. I have a son in the 3rd grade, a daughter in the first grade, and a 3 year old son in preschool. There are not many dull moments in my life, that's for sure! I am excited that I am able to spend more time with my children while remaining at DES. Dessau is a wonderful community in which I am blessed to be a part of!
About your Counselor:
My mission is to make sure our students have the support needed to have the best education possible. I will do this through Guidance Lessons in each of the classrooms, Individual counseling and Group counseling.
1. Guidance Lessons are lessons with the whole class in which we discuss issues that will benefit them not only in school but outside of school as well. We discuss topics such as bullying, peer pressure, friendship, goal setting, social skills, etc.
2. Group Counseling is where I will meet with a group of students, no more than 6, and discuss social skills, anger management, friendship, grief and loss, etc. Groups usually last about 6-8 weeks.
3. Individual Counseling is on an as needed basis.
Guidance Lesson for the Month of September is on Character
WORD FOR THE MONTH
Character- The way you act/behave.
Each month we will have a word for the month where the students will learn about the word through guidance lessons and then practice the word. At the end of the month the students demonstrating the best example of that word will receive an award.