MEET THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR

  • Beth Sharp Photo Hello!  My name is Beth Sharp, and I am the school Counselor at Smoketown Elementary School.  I have been a school Counselor since 1998, and I have worked in all settings from Kindergarten through College.  I joined the Smoketown team in August, 2014, and I'm happy to be working at the elementary level serving you and your children.  It has been a pleasure to be part of such a phenomenal team at Smoketown, and it is truly an honor to meet and get to know your children.

    I have three children in the Garden Spot School District.  We have a dog (a very loud Beagle) named "Slider", and we use American Sign Language in our home because my husband is deaf.

    I enjoy connecting with students and parents, welcoming many new students to our school, and supporting students, staff and families.  Your children will see me regularly throughout the building: in their classrooms, assisting with buses and parent drop-off/pick-up, visiting during lunch; and passing in the hallways.

    I am also available to your children if they need support with challenges that are distracting them and/or interfering with their success in the classroom.  Similarly, I am available to you at any time you have questions or concerns you would like to discuss.

    Please feel free to contact me any time!

    Mrs. Beth Sharp, M.S., M.A.
    717-394-0555   Ext. 6030
    beth_sharp@conestogavalley.org
     
    Mission Statement: 
    To support all students in the academic, career and personal/social domains as they strive for personal excellence, while becoming caring and contributing citizens in a global community. 
     
    Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, school counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success. (source)
     
    Elementary School Counselors...
    • Encourage academic, personal/social, and career development  based on the National Standards developed by the American School Counselor's Association. 
    • Provide a systematic array of curriculum, interventions and services based on student needs. 
    • Provide individual counseling, group counseling, classroom guidance, consultation, coordination, and curriculum development. 

    Career, Academic and Personal/Social categories

    The American School Counselor Association’s Mindsets & Behaviors are organized in three broad domains: academic, career and social/emotional development. These domains promote mindsets and behaviors that enhance the learning process and create a culture of college and career readiness for all students. The definitions of each domain are as follows: Academic Development – Standards guiding school counseling programs to implement strategies and activities to support and maximize each student’s ability to learn. Career Development – Standards guiding school counseling programs to help students 1) understand the connection between school and the world of work and 2) plan for and make a successful transition from school to postsecondary education and/or the world of work and from job to job across the life span. Social/Emotional Development – Standards guiding school counseling programs to help students manage emotions and learn and apply interpersonal skills. (source)