Hello, my name is Wade Leavitt. I am honored to be the school counselor at such a fantastic school as Edgemont. Over the years, I have gained experience by working with an array of students. My desire to work in the education field came from working with children and adolescences with disabilities, and mental illnesses. Through my experiences, I have gained a grander desire to help all students succeed through the approach of sincerity, empathy, and positivity.
As I obtained my education and training with the aspiration to help individuals, my focus gravitated towards children. I graduated from Brigham Young University- Idaho with a degree in Sociology, and quickly became certified in Behavior Intervention. As a Behavior Interventionist, I had the opportunity to work with many students and families. Recently, I graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a Masters in Social Work. My education experience included research in childhood disabilities impact on the family stress and best practices for treating mental illness in the school system. As well, my emphasis incorporated school social work, childhood trauma, mental health services, and individual, group, and family therapy.
What is a School Counselor?
A school counselor is a professional trained in counseling techniques and working with students to promote their academic, personal/social, and emotional development. As a counselor, I work with students individually, in small groups, and in classroom guidance lessons. My goal is to provide students with a positive and accepting environment to help them find the best way to be an EAGLE!
How does your student experience school counseling services?
Classroom Guidance Lessons:
I enjoy my time implementing classroom lessons focusing on emotional and social development through mindfulness activities and group discussions. Each week I challenge the students to find areas in their life to improve to be the most successful student possible. I enjoy my time in our classrooms as it gives your child an opportunity to know me (and for me to understand them) if individual help arises throughout the year. Weekly guidance lessons support Edgemont’s mission statement and teach students how to become an “E.A.G.L.E."
Edgemont’s Mission Statement
Inspiring all students to be...
Empathetic Toward Others,
Empowered to Face The Challenges of Tomorrow.
Small Group Counseling:
Group counseling is an opportunity and process for students with similar life experiences to build relationships with their peers and school counselor in a safe environment. Parent permission is required for students to participate in a group. Each group has a central focus (examples include friendship, changing families, academic/study skills) and are formed based on student needs throughout the school year. Small groups typically meet once a week and last 4-8 weeks.
Students are welcome to come and talk to me any time. Students may refer themselves for individual counseling as may school staff or parents. Parents may call (208-525-7618) or email firstname.lastname@example.org) to connect about their student. Students seek counseling for many different reasons. Please know that seeing the school counselor is a good thing! I offer a safe, positive and confidential setting to address issues that ‘get in the way’ of school achievement. Parent permission is required for a student to receive individual short term counseling. Referrals will be made to counselors in our community if a student requires more intensive or specialized help than the school setting can provide.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I am passionate about education and helping all students succeed at Edgemont Elementary.