School Counselor

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Teresa Harris

Coffee with the Counselor

Dear Harman and Smith Parents:

We would like to invite you again this year to have “Coffee with the Counselor.” This opportunity will allow us to share with you about our school counseling program, build partnerships and work together to best support our students in and outside of the classroom. We want to hear from families and community members, seeking input regarding student needs, issues and how to unite in our efforts to help kids overcome current and future challenges.

Coffee with the Counselor will occur 3-4 times this year. Please join us so we may better serve students and families to grow amazing kids that will undoubtedly make a positive difference in our community and our world.

Sincerely, Teresa Harris & Traci Hummer Oakwood Elementary School Counselors

Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 5:30 p.m. @ SMITH ElementaryWhat is a School Counselor Anyway? What is Oakwood’s Character Education Program?

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. @SMITH Elementary and 11:40am @Harman School - Helping Our Students (and Ourselves) find Balance

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. @ Oakwood Starbucks - Encouraging our Kids (and Ourselves) to Seek Joy, Practice Gratitude, and Be Vulnerable

What is a School Counselor?

School Counselors (previously referred to as Guidance Counselors) support all students in grades PreK-12 with academic achievement, social and emotional development and career planning. Ohio School Counselors are licensed and have completed an approved master’s program and an extensive internship. They develop and implement comprehensive school counseling programs that promote and enhance student success by collaborating with families, teachers and administrators.

Resource retrieved from the Ohio Department of Education (8/25/17). For more information on this topic please visit

Character Education

Timber is our character education program designed to help all learners develop the skills necessary for success in today's world.

To learn more about this program, go to our Timber page. 

Counseling Services

Character Education

Our character education program designed to help all learners develop the skills necessary for success in today's world.

To learn more about this program, click here.


Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports

  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Build Relationships

At the elementary schools we practice the 3R's. This language provides common behavioral expectations for all students throughout the buildings. This system is the foundation for the 5R behavioral system in place at OJHS and OHS.

504 Case Manager

The 504 Plan is a plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment, when needed.

Classroom Lessons

Class lessons are available on a variety of topics and are customized to meet our current needs.

  • Social Skills / Friendship
  • Bullying/Bystanders
  • Growth Mindset
  • Career Education
  • Self-Esteem / Body Image
  • Self–Awareness
  • Other

Group Counseling

Harman offers a variety of group counseling opportunities based on student needs. These groups include new student transitions, divorce, friendship, and a variety of social and emotion skills.

Individual Counseling

Individual students are seen in one-on-one counseling sessions for a variety of reasons based on social, emotional, and academic needs. Topics discussed in individual sessions include, but are not limited to, social skills, anxiety, depression, divorce, grief, self-control, and self-esteem.

Parent Consultation

Parent consultations are provided for a variety of reasons, based on the needs of the student or the family, in order to develop plans that best meet the student needs to ensure their social, emotional or academic success.

Mentor Program

OJHS & OHS students come to the elementary schools during lunch / recess and work with assigned students on their social and emotional development.

Tutoring Programs

Talented Tutor:

5th and 6th grade students tutor for 20 minutes, one time per week, during lunch, with the guidance of the student’s teacher.

OHS National Honor Society Tutors:

High school tutors work with elementary students after school or during lunch. These arrangements are typically made and overseen by the parents. The list of tutors is available upon request and is updated each fall.

Professional Tutors:

The district provides a list of qualified professional tutors.

The list of tutors is available upon request and is updated each fall.

Military Kids Club

Military children are a unique group and need support during deployments, moves, and meeting the daily demands of military life. This club is designed to help students stay connected with other military kids. It is intended for students who have an active duty service member in their immediate family (mom, dad, or sibling).