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General Information

Ms. Burleson - Counseling

BURLESON.jpgWelcome to the Counseling Department.  I have been the school counselor at Gold Camp since 2007.  Prior to coming to Gold Camp, I taught for 12 years.  During the last few years of teaching, I pursued a Master of Arts degree in school counseling.  I feel privileged to be a part of this special community.   I love the challenge of the many facets of the job of school counselor.  I enjoy hearing from parents, so feel free to contact me with questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions.

I can be reached by phone during the school day.  I am in classrooms or with students much of the day, but you may leave a message.  My extension is #61.  I make every attempt to return phone calls the day I receive them, yet the direct needs of the students are a priority during the school day. You can also send me an e-mail by clicking the small envelope next to my name below:

Program Information

The counseling program at Gold Camp Elementary school is designed to help your child make the most of his or her educational experience.  As your child’s counselor, I am concerned with all students’ personal and social development, academic progress, and emotional well-being.  We may set goals as a group or individually in each of these areas.  

Classroom guidance lessons are taught using a curriculum developed by Committee for Children.  This curriculum is a bullying prevention program, designed to help create a positive, safe, and bullying-free learning environment for all students.  Some of the topics covered in the program are:

  • Making friends
  • Joining group activities
  • Managing conflicts
  • Recognizing, refusing, and reporting bullying
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Refusal skills
  • Self-esteem

Additionally, I meet with small groups of students and individual students as needed. I frequently meet with teachers, other staff members, and parents.  I support parents, students, and teachers with a range of services. This could include things such as referrals, resources, consultations, and goal-setting or problem-solving.  I conduct ongoing small groups, based on student need.  These may include:

  • Friendship/Social Skills Group: Making and Keeping Friends
  • Deployment Support Group
  • Divorce Support Group
  • Grief Support Group
  • Controlling impulses or strong emotions

Please contact me if you are interested in your child being part of a small group.