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Miss Kaitlyn Oates
Hello! My name is Kaitlyn Oates and I am the School Counselor at Park Avenue Elementary School! To give you some of my background, I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University. I knew that I wanted to further my education to pursue a career in School Counseling. I had always enjoyed working with children and knew that my career would reflect that. Helping others is one of my greatest passions and I think that passion, along with my desire to work with young people is what lead me towards school counseling. After graduating from Rutgers, I enrolled and graduated from Georgian Court University with my master’s degree in School Counseling. Prior to starting at Park Avenue School, I interned and was later employed in the Howell Township School District. I am very excited to be the School Counselor at Park Avenue School and to have the opportunity to work with our students and their families.
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 the 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! I look forward to a great school year!