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Message from Marie DuFresne

6 months ago

By  Barbara Harris

Welcome to the Counselor’s Corner!!

About the School Counselor

My name is Marie DuFresne. I have been the school counselor at Riverview Elementary School since we opened. I have my Master Degree in Educational Counseling.  Feel free to contact me at

School Counseling Program and Resources

Mission:  The Lyon County School Counseling Programs will empower all students in academic, personal, social, college and career areas in order to navigate through an ever changing and diverse society.

  •     What does this mean for your child? This means that I pay close attention to every student in the building and how he/she 'connects' to his/her education and therefore achieves to the maximum level possible.  I support your child and all school stakeholders to creatively problem-solve any issues that may (temporarily or otherwise) pose an obstacle to the learning process and your child's academic achievement.

Lyon County School District Vision:

Graduate all students to successful in college and career.

Lyon County School District School Counseling Vision:

Lyon county students will be successful problem solvers and responsible, productive, caring citizens who are prepared for life challenges.

Riverview Elementary School Vision:

Create a safe, mutually respectful and nurturing environment where students feel comfortable taking risks and work toward becoming successful learners and contributing citizens.

Riverview Elementary School Counseling Vision:

The Riverview Elementary School counseling program envisions caring, responsible, risk-taking lifelong learners who implement problem-solving and critical thinking skills, ensuring success for college and career. These global citizens appreciate diversity, effectively use empathy and encouragement and maintain cultural awareness of selves and others.

What is a School Counselor?

I am a (minimum Master's level) certified, trained, and caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order for every student to achieve academic and social success.

School Counseling services are delivered in four specific ways:

  •     Classroom Counseling Curriculum- Classroom lessons to all students on topics such as social/emotional, academic, and career needs.


  •     Individual Student Planning- assisting students with goal formation/planning (behavioral, academic, etc.)


  •     Responsive Services- meeting immediate student needs: counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, referral, and peer mediation.


  •     System Support- schoolwide program planning and implementation (PBIS), consulting with other professionals, coordination of various supports for students and families.

How does your child experience school counseling services?

  •     Individual Counseling - I provide a safe and confidential environment for students to discuss many topics regarding their social/emotional needs, career goals as well as academic success. Some topics that we may discuss include: friendship issues, stress, time management, goal-setting, academic planning, bullying, family changes, social skills, organization, career exploration and development of problem solving skills.


  •     Small Group Counseling- A process where students sharing similar issues or concerns work together in a small group environment consisting of about 6-10 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include: divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.


  •     Classroom Counseling lessons- I develop and implement K-6 classroom curriculum driven by national and county school counseling outcomes.  I often co-plan and co-teach lessons with other professionals in the building to support social and emotional growth across curricular areas.  Classroom lessons are regularly scheduled and address social/emotional, academic, and career-related needs at the child's developmental level.


  •     Academic Interventions - I provide many academic interventions to enhance student success. I work individually with students on their time management skills, study skills and organization. I occasionally conduct classroom observations or complete weekly assessments of student's academic progress. I work with teachers to provide supplementary interventions unique to each student's specific needs, in order to ensure that every student will excel to their highest academic potential.

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