Mrs. Townsend's Biography:
I am very excited to be your new school counselor at College View Campus! I started my career in education as a middle school teacher at North Middle in 2003. I spent 10 years there before becoming Woodland Elementary’s school counselor in 2013. My educational background includes earning my bachelor's degree in education at Eastern Kentucky University and a master's from Western Kentucky University. I am a member of the American School Counselor Association as well as the KY School Counselor Association and have completed my certification as a Cultural Competency Specialist. I am excited for the opportunity to work at College View and hope to finish my career here!
My husband, Dan, and I have been married for 15 years and have 3 sons - Zach (14), Jacob (12), and Caleb (8). My family and I love the Louisville Cardinals and youth sports, especially travel baseball.
Dear College View Families,
The faculty and staff here are honored to be able to educate your child. We believe all our students have the potential to reach for the stars and become such a positive influence for the community that surrounds them. In order to accomplish this, we need to work together as a triad: parents, school, and community. Because we know the potential of great impact this triad can accomplish, I want to remind you why education matters and why we must work together.
1. Education is powerful.
When children attend school their brains grow, their minds expand, and their eyes are opened. Education has the power to change the world, if we let it, by allowing every child to have access to learning.
2. Education is the first step to cross-cultural understanding.
Geography, history, social studies, these are all standard topics taught in schools across the world. The more we understand the world, the more information we have at our fingertips, the greater our opportunities to see what life is like for “the other”.
3. Education builds confidence.
When children learn to read and write, they become confident in their ability to succeed. Each question they answer correctly, solidifies their abilities and their confidence in themselves.
4. Education combats poverty.
With education comes opportunity, most importantly job opportunities. Higher education prepares children for a wider range of jobs and occupations, giving them the ability to change the cycle of poverty for their families.
5. Education promotes a healthy lifestyle.
Children are introduced to nutritional concepts at school, they are encouraged to be active, and they begin to understand the importance of wellness.
6. Education fosters decision making skills and critical thinking.
Children who attend school are taught about values, morals, and ways to solve problems. With the ability to make important decisions and consider all possibilities, children will no doubt be more successful in their personal and professional lives.
7. Education contributes to the development of interpersonal skills.
School is the first structured opportunity children have to bond with other children their own age, with rules and guidelines of how to properly act around and treat one another.
8. Education develops professional skills.
The more you learn, the more you earn. As we learn, we begin to innovate, initiate, and consider all the professional opportunities that lie before us.
9. Education builds character.
Attending school helps us learn who we are, what we believe in, and what role we play in the world. This sense of self is essential to personal growth.
10. Education can change our future.
Going to school does not only effect the future of children, it effects the future of their families, their friends, and their communities. As more children are educated, the world becomes a brighter place.
Families, let us work together, not separately, for the sake of our future--our children.
Partners in Education,
Counseling Department Mission Statement
My mission as a school counselor is to serve as an advocate to all students. My goal is to support and encourage students to reach their academic, personal, social, and emotional potential. I will partner with teachers, parents, and the community while delivering a guidance program that is preventative and developmental in nature. I will work to create a safe and positive environment that assists students in gaining the skills and knowledge needed to become problem solvers and responsible citizens in the 21st Century.
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