Michelle Vandersteen (email) is our Guidance Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Olivet Nazarene University and was a classroom teacher for six years. She received her Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling from University of South Florida. Mrs. Vandersteen absolutely loves encouraging the children at North Lakeland Elementary School!
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. Mrs. Vandersteen assists students with their social and personal development by facilitating individual and counseling groups.
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!