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Eileen Cherbini, MA, LMHC
School Counselor 6TH GRADE & 7TH GRADE (LAST NAMES M-Z)
School Counselor Objective: To promote academic, career, personal, and social-emotional development and awareness of students and the school community.
MESSAGE: I feel blessed every day from having the opportunity to do what I love the most: helping people. Every day I have the opportunity to encourage good behavior, to find a hidden inner treasure, to identify the good side of a bad situation. Every opportunity allows us to choose between being the best or not, being bitter or stronger. Are we going to allow the bad experiences to determine a negative outcome? Do you know how pearls are created? A pearl is the result of sand that enters the oyster and makes the oyster feels uncomfortable. Looking at my student’s eyes and telling them: "NEVER GIVE UP, WE NEED YOU! I BELIEVE IN YOU! YOU ARE NOT ALONE” having that opportunity is such a blessing. Remember to create pearls from situations that are uncomfortable. LIVE, LEARN, LOVE, LAUGH!
My favorite quotes is: "You are not your feelings. You just experienced them. Anger, sadness, hate, depression, fear. This is the rain you walk in. But you don't become the rain. You know the rain will pass. You walk on. And you remember the soft glow of the sun that will come again. Matt Haig
SCHOOL NURSE OBJECTIVE: To help students gain knowledge, develop attitudes, adapt or eliminate health conditions which will lead a healthy lifestyle for their education and beyond.
My favorite quote is: "Two roads diverged inn a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference" Robert Frost
Shannon Ellis, M.A., CAS
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
School Psychologist Objective: According to the National Association of School Psychologists: “School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.” A little about me: I am originally from Maryland and previously worked as a school psychologist for Baltimore City Public Schools. I recently moved to Fort Myers in August. I love being a part of the Dunbar Middle community and working with staff to support the needs of our students.
My favorite quote is from Mr. Rogers "There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind, the second way is to be kind, the third way is to be kind"
Maricela Ferras, MA
School Counselor 7th grade (LAST NAMES A-L) & ALL 8th GRADE
School Counselor Objective: To promote students's personal, social, academic and career development through a comprehensive school counselor program. To advocate for all students, to provide a safe and secure environment in which trust can be established and maintained. To work in collaboration with teachers, parents, administrators and other stakeholders to enhance Educational and personal goals.
My favorite quote is: "There is no limit to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking" Brian Tracy
Camille John, MSW
School Social Worker
Hello Paul Laurence Dunbar School Community this Ms. Camille John, your School Social Worker for Grades: 6th, 7th and 8th. It is especially important that we stay in contact during this time, please feel free to send an Email, Castle request or Call. Treat this like we are in school and you are stopping by my office. I am here and available to listen and help as much as I can. Be Safe and Stay Healthy.
My daily mantra: "I am in competition with no one. I have no desire to play the game of being better than anyone. I am simply trying to be better than the person I was yesterday." by Joel Osteen
Phoenix Program Coordinator
Phoenix Program Objective: To work with all parties involved to promote positive behavior, academic organization and success, and a culture of respect and consideration for all facets of student life.
About me: I came to PLDMS in the fall of 2018 to take over the Phoenix Program after several years working in various capacities on the high school level. I have several years as a coach on the high school level as well and have a strong background forging positive relationships with students from varying backgrounds. My goal, while working alongside the counselors, administration, teachers, and our school social worker Ms. John, is to have a student who comes to spend time in our program genuinely learn from their past mistakes, become more organized academically, and become a more considerate and respectful student and classmate when they rejoin their classes.
Favorite Quote: “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” – Nelson Mandela