Who am I?
Hello! My name is Ms. (Kimberly) Lauxen and I am the elementary school counselor at Hugo Reid School. I joined the Arcadia Unified family in the summer of 2018, and I am grateful to be serving the students and families at both Hugo Reid Primary and Hugo Reid Elementary! Here is a little background about myself and why I love what I do.
Before becoming a school counselor I was a classroom teacher for twelve years, teaching fourth through sixth grade in La Canada, California. During my journey as a teacher, I discovered my favorite part about teaching was when I was listening to and advocating for my students. This discovery led me to earn my master’s degree and credential in school counseling, and I immediately began counseling at the high school level in La Canada. I spent three years counseling high school students, and while I thoroughly enjoyed supporting youth through their high school journey, I became even more aware and passionate about the need to support social emotional learning at the elementary level. My desire to advocate for students at the elementary level led me to my current school counseling position at Hugo Reid Elementary. I am honored for the opportunity to support the students, families, and staff here at Hugo Reid!
Outside of the important work I get to do each day, I enjoy being a mom, going to yoga, taking family road trips, and trying new restaurants!
What do elementary school counselors do?
- Teach classroom lessons on social/emotional topics
- Facilitate short-term small group counseling
- Provide immediate and short-term individual counseling in the scope of the school
- Work collaboratively with teachers and staff
- Consult with parents
- Provide information and/or referrals for community resources to families
How does your child experience school counseling services?
- Individual Counseling- I may work with a student in a safe, positive, and confidential setting to address issues that 'get in the way' of school engagement or connectedness. Topics are based on the needs of the student and may include: understanding feelings, behavior management, changing families/divorce, grief, stress, social skills, academics, bullying, problem-solving, and decision-making.
- Small Group Counseling- A process where students sharing similar barriers or concerns work together in a small group environment consisting of about 3-6 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 friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.
- Classroom Counseling Lessons- I facilitate Second Step whole class lessons in grades K-2 throughout the school year. These lessons are following the Second Step Program, which focuses on teaching children how to understand and manage their emotions, be aware of others' feelings and have the skills to problem solve and make responsible decisions. I also deliver lessons on the 7 Leader in Me Habits in various grade levels throughout the year. Content from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a key component of The Leader in Me. The 7 Habits is a combination of universal, timeless principles of personal and interpersonal effectiveness, such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures. And finally, I will be working closely with the AUSD Transition Counselors in preparing 5th grade students for middle school through the implementation of lessons on communication, being proactive, building resilience, and establishing appropriate study habits.
What does a typical day look like for a school counselor?
Although my day can often be adjusted to meet the immediate needs of students, a typical day for a school counselor consists of the following:
8:20-10:00 Classroom guidance lessons or small group counseling lessons
10:00-11:00 Recess supervision and/or student check-ins
11:00-11:30 Individual student support
11:30-1:00 Lunch Bunch groups eat with counselor (by invitation)
1:00-2:30 Individual student support
How can a student access Ms. Lauxen’s programs and services?
- All TK-2nd grade students receive biweekly classroom guidance lessons.
- Students can leave a request to talk to Ms. Lauxen in her mailbox located outside her office door (at both the primary and elementary sites).
- Students can sign up for Lunch Bunch at the big school-also located outside office door.
How can parents reach Ms. Lauxen?
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or to set up an appointment:
email@example.com or (626) 821-8356