Guidance and Counseling Philosophy
The St. Elizabeth R-IV Public School District believes that the Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program is an essential and integral part of the overall educational process kindergarten through grade twelve.
The St. Elizabeth School District R-4 Public Schools’ Guidance and Counseling Program focuses on all students and is preventative as well as remedial in nature. While the school counselor continues to respond to the unique needs of individuals, all students benefit from experiential activities that enhance their knowledge and skills in career planning and exploration, in self-awareness and interpersonal relationships, and in educational/vocational development. Proficiency in these areas serves to improve students’ self-concept, fosters better peer and adult interactions, and lends students a sense of purpose and direction in more effectively planning and controlling their own lives. Such enhanced competencies result in students who are prepared to cope with life’s decisions and to manage human relationships in order to be lifelong successful, productive citizens.
The school counselor is not the counseling program. The school counselor and school counseling program use a collaborative model as their foundation. Counselors do not work alone; all educators play a role in creating an environment which promotes the achievement of identified student goals and outcomes. The counselor facilitates communication and establishes linkages for the benefit of students, with teaching staff, administration, families, agencies, businesses and other members of the community. School success depends upon the cooperation and support of the entire faculty and staff.
St. Elizabeth R-IV Mission Statement
It is the mission of the St. Elizabeth R-IV School District to create a safe learning community that maximizes each individual’s performance for future success through a challenging education system characterized by pride.
St. Elizabeth R-IV Guidance Mission Statement
It is the mission of the St. Elizabeth R-IV Guidance Department to educate, support and guide each individual so that they are able to succeed and maximize their potential in this ever changing world.
About the Counselor
My name is Sarah Wankum and this is my first year as the interim K-12 Counselor for the St. Elizabeth R-4 School District. I graduated in December 2015 with my Master’s degree in Education with a focus on School Guidance and Counseling from Lincoln University. Previously, I held the position of 2nd Grade Teacher at St. Elizabeth for 4 1/2 years, 3rd Grade Teacher for 1 year, and I taught 2nd Grade at South Elementary in Eldon for 1 year. I take a very active role as counselor and would like to extend to everyone an open invitation to any concerns or questions that I may be able to assist with. I want for the connection between home and school to be positive and successful, and communication is a key contributing factor to that success.
Please feel free to contact me at any time.