My name is Carla Crumley-Forest and I am the School Counselor here at Jacksonville Beach Elementary School .
I am a member of the Florida School Counselors' Association, and the American School Counselors' Association.
If you are new to JBE, I hope you take the time to familiarize yourself with the School Counseling Program. Read some of the pages here on my website to answer some of the common questions that many parents may have.
Feel free to come and visit me in the School Counselor/Guidance office, room 122 next to the elevator.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have about services available to students in our school.
I coordinate many different programs in our school, and assist children in many ways.
These are a few of the services I provide:
consultation with teachers and parents
individual and small group counseling
parent education and consultation
work closely with the Response to Intervention team
facilitate gifted screening and testing
assist students with learning differences
help prepare students for the transition to middle school
coordinate Career Day
Most of your children will know me from Classroom Guidance activities and will readily recognize some of my Puppet friends that visit their classrooms. I also teach a few of the enrichment labs during the school day on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Classroom guidance topics range from Character Education lessons, to prescriptive Guidance lessons designed to assist a particular classroom learn a set of specific skills.
Individual and small group meetings:
I refer to myself as a "helper friend" for boys and girls. Parents and teachers often refer students to come and see me for a brief visit. Students in grades 3-5 are allowed to "self - refer" by filling out a blue "I want to see the Counselor" slip. I will contact the child's teacher and work out a time to have the student visit me.
We discuss many things such as social skills, how to reduce stress, getting along with others, being a more organized student and I assist students with family concerns such as separation/divorce, illness or death of a loved one, and military family deployment. If I see your student more than one time, or if there is a pattern of behavior, I will contact parents.
I always encourage children to discuss with their parents the things they have learned in their meeting with me.
Small groups; as scheduling permits, I like to see students in small groups. Students learn many skills more readly in groups with their peers, and they see that they are not alone with whatever skill set they are working on .
Students may also be involved with learning mediation skills and problem solving to assist them in overcoming conflicts and to increase their social abilities.
Response to Intervention:
I work closely with teachers and the administration to assist teachers, parents and students to overcome any barriers to student achievement. "Response to Intervention (RTI) is a process that provides intervention and educational support to all students at increasing levels of intensity based on their individual needs. The goal is to prevent problems and intervene early so that students can be successful" (from the Response to Intervention manual, Duval County Public Schools.)
Parent consultation and education: many parents make appointments to discuss various concerns they have about their child. Feel free to make an appointment and I will try to assist you. I have a wide range of resources available to me, and can also make referrals to outside agencies to assist you and your students.
I serve as the Oversight Committee chair for the Beaches Resource Center (BRC), a Full Service School located on the campus of Fletcher High School. The BRC is a collaboration of service providers that help beaches' children succeed in school and in life.
Feel free to contact me for more information about any of the above information:
Carla Forest, School Counselor