Information

School Counselor

Pam Ingram has had the pleasure of serving as the school counselor at Wells Elementary School for over 25 years. She received her undergraduate and masters degree from Eastern Illinois University. Pam has also earned a Certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Southern Maine. Pam can be reached at 646-5953 or pingram@wocsd.org.

Social Worker   

Deb Springfield, LCSW is the social worker at WES.   Deb has been employed by the WOCSD for the past 24 years.  She earned her undergraduate degree in social work from the University of Southern Maine in 1989 and went on to earn her graduate degree in social work from the University of Georgia in 1990. Deb can be reached at 646-5953 or dspringfield@wocsd.org.

Direct Services for Students:

Individual school-based counseling support is available to all students in grades K-4.  We receive referrals from parents, teachers, administrators and students.  

Pam Ingram, school counselor, offers support to those students who may be struggling with school based problems or issues such as learning disabilities, study skills or friendship issues.

Deb Springfield, school social worker, works with children most often around more home based and behavioral issues such as divorce, loss in the family, substance abuse and mental health.

It is understood that both emotional and learning based issues can often interfere with a child's performance at school.  It is our hope that we can help children perform to their potential and help them to have a positive school experience.

Group Counseling Support 

Small group counseling support is offered at Wells Elementary School. Group topics vary, but most often focus on coping with anxiety, anger management strategies, friendship skills, and coping with ADHD. Groups typically meet once a week for four to six weeks. Typically student referrals for group participation are made through the classroom teacher. Parents are also welcome to contact either the social worker or school counselor to discuss potential group participation for their child.

Classroom Guidance Program

The “Second Step” and “Steps to Respect” programs are taught by Pam Ingram, school counselor, in grades kindergarten through fourth grade. “Second Step” is used in kindergarten through third grade. Lessons focus on three major areas: empathy training, impulse control/problem solving, and anger management. “Steps to Respect” is taught in the fourth grade. Lessons from this program address bully prevention and assertiveness skills.

For more detailed information about either the “Second Step” or “Steps to Respect” program please visit www.cfchildren.org