Miss Tammy Prosser
Miss Tammy Prosser is the School Counselor at CCA. She has a Masters Degree in Education with a major in the field of School Counseling. Additionally, she has taken the 24 credit hours of advanced courses in the field of School Counseling and has been employed the total number of work hours required in order to achieve her New York State Permanent Certification from the New York State Board of Education. She is certified K-12. Miss Prosser has also received certificates of completion for Mandated Reporter training, School Violence Prevention Training, DASA training and has received Bully Prevention training from The Jean Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention. Miss Prosser has worked at CCA Since December 2012.
WHAT DOES A SCHOOL COUNSELOR DO?
School Counselors are here to help students. The main focus of the School Counselor is to ensure the well being of all students by focusing on three main areas: Academics, Personal/Social, and Future Planning. School Counselors are trained to help students in a variety of ways including one-on-one, in small groups, and through large school/classroom interventions. School counselors focus on prevention and intervention. For more information on the role of School Counselors, see this article from the American School Counselor Association: View Article.
HOW I HELP ELEMENTARY STUDENTS AT CCA
“Counseling” with elementary students is usually for no more than 10 minutes at a time and simply gives the student an outlet to discuss an issue that may be interfering with their school work. Individual and/or small group counseling is typical in elementary school. I am trained to use a variety of resources while working with students. However, it should be noted that it is not the School Counselor’s place to do any sort of long term deep emotional counseling. If you feel this would benefit your child, I would be happy to refer you to a trained psychologist.
HOW I HELP MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS AT CCA
During the middle school years at CCA, all students will participate in a series of lunch time discussion groups. These small group sessions are divided by gender and grade level and give As middle school students transition into young adults and begin to feel many peer pressures, the School Counseling office is a place where they can discuss their emotional, physical, and spiritual concerns. I am also available for academic counseling and can provide students with resources to aid them.
HOW I HELP HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AT CCA
In addition to all the assistance mentioned beforehand, the School Counselor assists high school students in preparing for college and making vocation choices by:
– Administrating Aptitude Testing using ASVAB (Grades 10-11)
– Offering a SAT Prep Class (Grades 9-12)
– Hosting a college night for HS juniors and their families
– Organizing college visits, college fairs and the college fair field trip
– Working with seniors one-on-one through the college application process
– Providing individual recommendation letters for seniors
HOW I HELP PARENTS AT CCA
If there has been any event (big or small) in your child’s life that is interfering with their school day, I would be happy to assist your child. Typically a one-on-one “counseling” time of no more than 10 minutes is effective in helping your student express their concerns, move forward and get back into the classroom focused and ready to move on with their day. This is the goal. Your child’s teacher is just as capable of providing the same one on one attention but is not always able to set aside that extra time in the classroom. I can help in that way and ultimately be another “friendly face” to support your student throughout their school years.