Mount Alvernia Academy's Guidance Counselor, Sr. Irene Laurence, mfic, offers a variety of services and programs to the students and their families. Her primary focus is to provide support and counseling to students for emotional, academic, or social concerns. Counseling may be appropriate for short term issues, such as adjustment to a new class, making new friends, a family illness, or transition. Sr. Irene can be found all around the Academy--in the classrooms playing games or reading stories that revolve around childhood issues, in the cafeteria or her office dining with the students, in the halls during the change of classes, or before or after school in her office. The students know she is available to them.
The School Guidance Counselor’s job is to….
- Consult with teachers and administration regarding students’ needs
- Consult with parents regarding any concerns about their children
- Counsel individual students and small groups to help meet identified needs academically or socially
- Listen no matter what the student has to say
- Care about how everyone is feeling
- Believe in each student and want each to be the best person possible
- Help a child sort out what is going on in a nonjudgmental way
Children may see the Guidance Counselor for any reason:
- Friendship problems
- Help with feelings
- A school phobia or homework phobia
- Motivation to achieve
- Family changes
- Goal setting
- Conflict management
Parents are welcome to contact Sr. Irene at any time regarding a concern they may have for their child either by phone or e-mail.
Phone number: 617-527-7540 extension 219