Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Katie Gilbride
School Counselor: 3rd & 4th
Hello Park Avenue! I am Kaitlin (Katie) Gilbride and I am the 3rd & 4th grade school counselor at Park Ave Elementary. To give you a little bit about my background, I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and my Master’s degree in Education-School Counseling from Monmouth University. Prior to coming to Park Ave, I was employed with multiple school districts ranging across all grade levels from PreK to 12th grade. Being a school counselor is everything I hoped my career would be so far and I am grateful to be able to work with children and their families every day. I am very excited to have found my home here in Freehold Boro and have the chance to get to know all of you.
As a School Counselor, I have many responsibilities within the school. Some of these responsibilities include:
Individual Counseling: I will meet with students individually to assist with academic or social emotional needs. These sessions tend to be brief and school-focused. If a parent/guardian is interested in seeking outside counseling, I can provide a list of resources available in the area.
Group Counseling: At times, I will meet with students in a small group setting, typically as a lunch group. These groups will be informal and will take place in my office throughout the school year. Lunch groups are designed to be a positive experience for students. It is a time for students to share and further build relationships with their classmates.
School-Based Counseling: During the school year, I plan and implement various prevention and character education programs. Some of these programs include Student of the Month, Week of Respect, and School Violence Awareness Week. These programs are designed to enhance peer relations and positively impact the school climate.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns that you may have!