School Counselor

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School Counselor

Mrs. Mort

 
 
 
Welcome to my webpage! I am excited to be a  DUKE for my 18th year at Marlington! 
I truly love my job and the relationships that I build with students, their families, staff and the community.
This is my 11th year as the Elementary School Counselor in our district. 
I work at Lexington and Washington Elementary during the school week. 
 
My schedule is as follows: 
Lexington on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
Washington on Tuesdays and Thursdays
 
*The best way to communicate with me would be to email me anytime. 
 
Previously I was a high school counselor and teacher.  I have been in education for 24 years. 
I am happy to say that my family also lives in our school district.
My husband and I feel very blessed to enjoy our 3 "Dukes", Charlie, Zoë, and Brady. We also adore our yellow lab, Benny!
 
 
      We are MARLINGTON!

 
 

Class Lessons

The Word of the Month (WOM) is a character education program that our elementary schools use. We have a different WORD and BOOK each month and discuss them in various settings throughout that month.  
Our hope is to build our student's social and character vocabulary and to support common virtues that are fundamental in a school setting. 
The WOM lessons that we teach provide us an opportunity to build relationships with our studends
2019-2020 Word of the Month

SEPTEMBER

Kindness

Because Brian Hugged His Mother byDavid L. Rice

OCTOBE

SelfDiscipline 

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse? ?by Kevin Henkes

NOVEMBER

Loyalty

Rosie and Michael? ?by Judy Viorst

DECEMBER

Compassion

Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatchby Eileen Spinelli (OR) T?hose Shoesby Maribeth Boelts

JANUARY

Respect

Stand Tall, Mollie Lou Mellonby Patty Lovell (OR) ?I Can’t Believe You Said That ?by Julia Cook

FEBRUARY

Honesty

My Big Lie ?by Bill Cosby (OR) ?A Day’s Work by Eve Bunting

MARCH

Decision making

The Worst Day of My Life Everby Julia Cook (OR) ?I Did it, I’m Sorry by Caralyn Buehner

APRIL

Responsibility

Pigstyby Mark Teague

MAY

Friendsh

How To Lose All Your Friendsby Nancy Carla (OR) ?George and Martha ?by James Marshall

LUNCH GROUPS

Every day I meet with students individually, with a friend, or in a small group during their lunch times. 
Typically we discuss our WOM or whatever concern that they have. Students are referred to me by their parent/guardian, their teacher, the principal or by their request. Often times I meet with a student who is new to our school and they frequently invite a friend. 
I develop wonderful relationships with students by meeting with them during our social lunches. 

SMALL GROUPS

SMALL GROUPS
Periodically I will invite students to meet in a small group setting to discuss a common issue.
Parents/Guardians need to sign a permission slip to consent to this.  Our groups focus on a common theme, such as; divorce, anger, family changes, making good choices, self-esteem, etc. 
The students learn about group confidentiality, taking turns, listening to others, sharing ideas, and coping strategies.  
The students are invited to the group based on referrals from their parent/guardian, teacher, principal, me, or by the student's request. 
Typically the students in the group develop a bond with me, each other and mutual respect for one another. This helps build the relationship building skill for children.

Individual Student Counseling

I often work with students individually to help them feel more successful and happy at school.
We use play therapy techniques (drawing, puzzles, cards, crafts, role play, etc) to get to know each other and talk about the child's strengths and challenges.
The parent/guardian must give consent for this relationship to be implemented. At school I am often referred to as a "kid helper" so kids understand that I am a safe, trusted adult in their life. 
Students are referred to me by their parent/guardian, teacher, principal or their request. 
Students typically develop a very positive bond with me and ultimately learn that I am a resource for them throughout their elementary experience. 

BUILDING C.A.R.E. Team

We have CARE teams at all of our elementary school buildings. CARE teams help utilize resources available within the school building or educational community to meet the needs of the child.
Our CARE team staff meets regularly in a confidential setting to discuss any struggles that our students have. These struggles could include academics, behavior, emotional, social, or other. 
Parents/Guardians give consent to for their child  to receive any support services that the CARE team suggests.
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