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Hope Hersom, Guidance Counselor
I have been a school counselor for ten years, the first two years at the high school level and the last eight years in MSAD 5 and RSU13 at the elementary/middle school level. My family and I enjoy living in Mid-Coast Maine. Our newest addition to the family is a golden retriever, George, who makes sure I get my daily walk around town. I also enjoy yoga and reading cozy mysteries.
Why you like to teach your grade or special area:
Being a school counselor is an absolute privilege! I love meeting with students, listening to their concerns or successes and attempting to offer support and encouragement whenever possible.
Favorite student units:
I love helping students recognize and identify their feelings; something I wish I had been more adept at as a child. Also, I absolutely love incorporating mindfulness strategies into some of my classroom guidance lessons, groups or individual counseling to assist students with self-regulation and improved attention. Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment, non-judgmentally. A primary strategy is to focus on the breath, using it as an anchor, which steadies us when the waters are rough.
Parent contact plan:
I may be reached at 354-2312 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.