I am excited to be back for my fourth year at Oquirrh Hills Middle School. I enjoyed working with the students, parents and faculty last year and look forward to meeting and getting to know as many of the students as I can. I have a passion for working with students in an academic setting guiding them toward their goals.
My educational background consists of earning a bachelor's degree in
Sociology from the University
of Utah in 2004. I
returned to school at the University
of Phoenix one year later earning a master's degree in School Counseling in 2008. I enjoyed my
educational experience and hope to influence students of OHMS.
When I am not
at work, I enjoy sports, specifically racquetball, basketball, football and
golf. I also enjoy outside activities staying active as much as possible. I have two children ages 2 and 4. My wife and two boys are the joy of my life.
I look forward to the coming year working with the students, parents and faculty. I feel very fortunate to have the greatest faculty, students and community in the world to work with at Oquirrh Hills Middle School.
Hello Everyone! My name is Tracie Gerrard. This will be my third year at Oquirrh Hills Middle School and I am very excited to be at such an amazing school. I have worked for Jordan School District in the Special Education Department prior to working at OHMS and absolutely love the community.
I was born in the great state of Texas but spent most of my childhood in Georgia and Illinois. I attended the University of Georgia (GO DAWGS!) for my undergraduate degree (B.S.Ed.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders and received my graduate degree (M.Ed.) in School Counseling from the University of Phoenix. I know that this is going to be a great year and I look forward to working with all of the students, teachers and staff at Oquirrh Hills Middle School.
All! My name is Natalie Bartholomew, many students call me Mrs. B. This
is my first year as a school counselor and I am very excited to be here
at Oquirrh Hills. I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from
Utah Valley University where I played on UVU’s division I softball team.
Just last Spring I received my graduate degree (M.Ed.) in School
Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Before coming to Oquirrh Hills I worked at elementary and middle schools counseling with at-risk youth.
I love my job and enjoy working with the students, parents, and staff at Oquirrh Hills! I am happy to do whatever I can to give students at OHMS support at school.
Hi, my name is Julie Walker. This is my first year at Oquirrh Hills Middle School. I am only here two days a week (Mon & Wed). The other three days I am at South Hills Middle School. Last year I worked as an intern at Fort Herriman Middle School.
I was raised in Utah and received my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at BYU. Twenty years and four children later, I graduated from University of Phoenix with a Master’s Degree in School Counseling.
When I am not at the school or shuttling my children to their various activities, I love to read, knit, visit with friends, and go to DISNEYLAND!!!! I also love helping students in any way that I can to make sure they have a positive experience at school.
Hi! I’m Glenn Williams, the school psychologist at Oquirrh Hills Middle School.
School psychologists help teens to succeed in school (and life!) by showing them effective ways to cope with stress or resolve the social, emotional and behavior problems teens face from time to time. We work with teachers and parents to improve classroom instruction, to promote effective and healthy parenting practices, and evaluate individual learning problems that can interfere with school. (Visit http://www.nasponline.org to learn more about school psychologists and the work we do.)
As the school psychologist my primary goal is to help you be more independent. My other goal is to help create a safe, healthy and supportive school with strong connections to home and community. I do all this by:
· Providing individual and group counseling, instruction and mentoring for students who struggle with academic, social, emotional or behavioral problems;
· Promoting wellness and resilience by teaching students to manage their emotions, improve their social skills, engage in problem-solving and develop self-discipline;
· Consulting with teachers and parents to identify and address learning or behavior problems;
· Collecting, analyzing and using a wide variety of data to support effective instruction;
· Coordinating the delivery of services to students and their families inside and outside of school with such places as residential treatment or juvenile justice programs; and
· Responding to crises by providing leadership, intervention, and coordination when necessary.
I am available each school day to all
students, teachers and parents, in proportion to the needs of each student. All the counseling I provide is short-term
and solution-focused in nature; anyone wanting long-term or more in-depth psychotherapy
will be referred to outside agencies.
Confidentiality: Confidentiality is my obligation not to share information people tell me in private. This is important because it allows people to make full use of services designed to help them without fear of embarrassment, retaliation or other consequences. But there are three big exceptions to the confidentiality rule:
1. If you threaten to hurt yourself in some way;
2. If you threaten the health or safety of others; and/or
3. If you disclose any kind of abuse.
Other exceptions to confidentiality exist, depending on the situation. As a general rule, I’ll talk with a student first before breaking confidentiality. Finally, confidentiality is a rule for me to follow, not my clients; you can tell whoever you want whatever you like about the things we discuss… But the moment you tell someone, it is no longer confidential so I can talk about it if I need to, too.
Finally, parents and teachers may also call upon me
for help during the school year, and the rules of confidentiality apply to them,
too: you will not be told what your parents or teachers talk about, just like they
will not be told what you talk about.