Hi! My name is Mrs. Kelly Hayhurst. I moved to Omaha two summers ago with my husband Neil and our three children, Natalie (16), Noah (14), and Kyler (12). I graduated from Peru State College in 2001 with a degree in Psychology and Sociology. I went back to school and was certified in Elementary Education in 2013. I have taught first and second grade for ten years. I am currently in graduate school completing my masters in school counseling at UNO. This will be my third year at Ezra Elementary and my first year at Rohwer Elementary. I am thrilled to be able to transition into the role of school counselor at both Ezra and Rohwer!
Millard has implemented a comprehensive school counseling program. Here is Millard’s Counseling Philosophy and Beliefs:
In support of the Millard Public School’s mission, the comprehensive counseling program will ensure that all students develop academic, career and social/emotional skills necessary to become productive, contributing members of society. Counselors will build relationships and work in partnership with students, parents/guardians, community and school staff! I would like to share with you my role as the school counselor at Rohwer Elementary!
I visit all of our K-5 classrooms for a 30-minute counseling lesson every third week. Millard's counseling curriculum is developmentally appropriate and incorporates the PK-12 College and Career Readiness Standards and Indicators. The counseling program is both preventative and proactive. Each lesson has an academic, personal/social or career objective. The lessons will focus on the following: self-esteem, friendship, problem-solving, decision-making, study skills, bullying, feelings, positive attitude, cooperation, goal setting and careers. We learn a lot together during our classroom counseling lessons! Students will be learning many Life Skills to help them be successful!
I work with many students in Small Groups. I meet with small groups of students during the school day once a week for approximately 6-8 weeks. Each small group has a focus such as; Friendship, Self-Esteem, Anger Management, Changing Families (Divorce), Stress/Anxiety, Study Skills and/or Social Skills! The small group allows students to focus on specific skills/topics for 6-8 weeks. Teachers and parents can recommend that students participate in a small group. Please contact me if you feel your child would benefit from a small group.
I work with students individually throughout the year for a variety of reasons. There are times when students become sad, scared or angry. Students may have a conflict with a classmate or a friend during the day. It’s important for students to talk out their feelings in order to focus on their learning in the classroom. Staff can request that I visit with a student and parents can too. Many times, students will request to talk with me. I have “I Need to See Mrs. White” forms in my office that students complete if they’d like to talk or need support. At times, situations that occur outside of school (Ex. death, divorce, illness) can affect students at school and make it difficult for them to do their best learning. I am available to all of our students to listen, help solve problems and to help them be the best students they can be academically, personally and socially. There may be times I call home to discuss a concern or student situation with a parent. However, I do not call home every time I visit with a student individually throughout the school day.
Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991 in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school aged youth. The goal of the program is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. Mentors are volunteers from the community who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the life of a young person. Mentors give youth a sense of hope, purpose and vision. The TeamMates Mentoring Program currently provides a mentor for over 7,000 youth across Nebraska and Iowa.
We have many students participating in the program. Students meet with their Mentor once a week for about 30-minutes during the school day.
You can always visit the TeamMates Mentoring Program website at www.teammates.org for more information.