Hello! My name is Mrs. Santillo and I am so excited to be joining the excellent school family at North Lakeland Elementary as your school counselor. I moved to Florida from Arkansas with my husband Paul, daughter Khloe, and dog-Captain Jax. I have been a school counselor since 2013 and absolutely love it! At North Lakeland we will be using the Sanford Harmony social emotional learning program along with Conscious Discipline and PBIS (positive behavior intervention & supports) to teach your student how to self-regulate and develop the necessary social skills to be successful. One of my personal goals is to always create a culture of kindness everywhere I go. I look forward to working with the families, students, and staff at North Lakeland. If you need to reach me please don’t hesitate to call the school at 863-499-2850.
Our Guidance Counselor is Veronica (Nikki) Santillo. The Guidance Counseling program at North Lakeland Elementary School addresses whatever might be interfering with the child’s ability to learn, to succeed and to participate in the learning process.
The groups deal with issues such as:
- social skills
- anger control
- self-esteem and peer mediation
She also participates in parent/teacher conferences. Mrs. Vandersteen teaches and implements the school-wide positive behavior support system.
The goal is for the students to:
- take pride in their own efforts
- feel responsible for their own choices
- acquire good work habits and
- develop positive attitudes toward school and life!