Mrs. Kallenberg's Corner!

This site is a resource for students. It explains my role as your school counselor and what skills I would like you to gain while you are in middle school. It is also contains a collection of inspirational quotes, stories and events that help you on your path of becoming your best self. ~Mrs. Kallenberg:)

Who is your School Counselor?

My name is Mrs. Kallenberg and if you are in 3rd or 4th grade, I am your school counselor here are the GWMS! My role here is to be a source of support for you and to help you through 3rd and 4th grade.

I grew up in NY and went to school at Oswego State University. After I graduated with a degree in psychology, I got my Masters at Long Island University. I have worked at the GWMS for 14 years and absolutely love my job!

How can School Counselors help YOU?

Add your School Counselor to the list of people you can turn to when you need help. We know how to listen and can help you with life's challenges. Counselors have special training in how to help kids solve problems, make decisions, cope with difficult situations.

We are available for you and want to make your school experience the best it can be. Part of our job is to help you learn as much as you can in class, be a contributing member to your school and community, and be a positive influence on your friends, family and environment.

What reasons would you need to see your School Counselor?

Well, there are many reasons…... Let's say recently there have been some kids picking on you or there was a rumor about you going around school. Or maybe the problem is that it’s report card time and you're nervous because you're struggling in math.

Perhaps you just found out that your parents are getting divorced or a loved one passed away, and you're so upset that you can't concentrate on doing your schoolwork. You feel like you need to talk to someone about everything that's going on. A great person to share your thoughts and feelings with is your school counselor.

Don't worry. You don’t need to know exactly what's bothering you when you talk with your school counselor. You may just be feeling bad or not yourself lately— and that's OK. You and your counselor will work together to try to help you figure out what's going on and come up with some possible solutions.

How do I make an appointment with my School Counselor?

The best way to reach me is to ask your teacher to make an appointment with me or stop by to see me during lunch or recess. My schedule is very flexible. Remember YOU come first.

Will your counselor keep a secret?

It's important to know that if you meet with a guidance counselor, your conversation will be confidential (meaning it stays between us). However, there are some cases when a counselor will need to share information with another adult and that is when the counselor thinks that you or someone else is at risk of being harmed. The counselor would ONLY share that information with the adults who need to know.

What Else Do Counselors Do?

In addition to helping kids with problems, guidance counselors help kids learn about:

  • Study/organization skills
  • Learning to make friends
  • Getting better grades
  • Diversity and respect for others
  • Social Skills
  • Self-Esteem