Counselor's Corner

Tanya Cheatham

Mrs. Cheatham began her studies at the University of Notre Dame where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in May 2005. After this time, she worked in the social and human services as a Career Development Counselor at Gary Job Corps facility in San Marcos, TX. Additionally, she worked as Drug Counselor at an all-male therapeutic treatment prison prior to retrieving her teacher-s certification in 2010 and working towards her goal of becoming a School Counselor. A majority of time has been spent working with at-risk populations and children who have mental disorders and other ailments that can be difficult to sustain in an educational setting. In her years as a teacher, she coached high school girls basketball and track as well; being a past standout athlete in the Central Texas area. Mrs. Cheatham earned her Master-s in Guidance and Counseling with a focus on School Counseling and Licensed Professional Counseling in December of 2014. As a first year School Counselor at Nitsch Elementary within Klein ISD, she is very excited and cannot wait to develop relationships with the students and the staff. Her goal is to make an impact and lay the foundation for all students to carry with them a lifetime. In short, she lives by the saying, “Allow your passion to become your purpose and it will one day become your profession”.

What a Counselor Does

Provide guidance Address students needs Assist students in monitoring their development Support faculty and staff How does a student get to see a counselor? Self referral Parent referral Teacher referral Administrative referral 10 ways to help your child do well in school: 1. Show you care. Your child needs hugs and words of support. Ask your child about school every day. 2. Read, read, read. Read with your child or have him or her read each day. Make it fun-talk about what you-ve read. 3. Make home a place for learning. Help your child practice reading, writing, math and science skills. Stimulate your child-s creativity. 4. Promote healthy eating habits. Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep and exercise and eats balanced meals. Schedule regular checkups. 5. Be a role model. Your child learns from you. Be positive about education and show you enjoy learning. 6. Encourage independence. Allow your child to make mistakes and learn to accept their consequences. Give your child responsibilities, such as household chores. 7. Create a study routine. Set a time and quiet place for your child to work every day. Go over homework daily together. 8. Get involved. Meet with your child-s teacher, attend school events and help out at school if you can. 9. Build success. Help raise your child-s self-esteem by setting reachable goals and praising your child-s efforts, not just results. 10. Make school important. Insist on good attendance and punctuality. -cited from The Positive Line 2000

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