Woodland Middle School counselors provide a safe, nurturing and non-judgmental environment for students to explore social and emotional self awareness, as well as academic and career opportunities. Students’ development is supported through individual and group counseling, whole group instruction as well as consultation with school and community stakeholders. Counselors also help to coordinate programs such as orientation for new students and Career Fair. They aide with the transition to high school, provide academic support, assist with school, county and state testing. Middle school is an exciting time of growth and change and the counseling department can help parents and students adjust to the transitions that take place during these years.
As a part of our comprehensive, developmental School Counseling Program at Woodland Middle School, our counselors serve our students, parents, and teachers through a wide variety of services. School Counselors promote excellence through their work in four program areas:
Responsive Services- personal and crisis counseling, small group counseling, 504 and support services
Classroom Curriculum- classroom lessons, character education, group activities, and transition issues
System Support- consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, and administrators
Individual Planning- academic and career planning and support
Our school social worker is available to assist students and families in the district with mental health needs, subsistence needs, and connections to outside agencies in the community that provide additional support beyond the schools.
What Is STARS? STARS stands for Students Taking A Right Stand. Our mission is to help young people pursue their unlimited potential.
STARS Counselor/Information Letter
Ms. Herman's Role: I am a licensed counselor who provides prevention and intervention services. I work with students around anxiety, depression, anger management, bullying, substance abuse, social issues, and more. Much of my role is similar to that of our wonderful school counselors, but a difference is that I can provide intensive and ongoing individual and group counseling for students.
Referrals: Students can be referred to STARS by teachers, principals, school counselors, the school nurse, parents, friends or self-refer.
National Suicide Prevention Website Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Counselors Available at Woodland
Nicole Aaron, 6th Grade - Class of 2029
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Deana Stepanic, 7th Grade - Class of 2028
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Amanda Steinmuller Bennett, 8th Grade - Class of 2027
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Lauren Herman, Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) - all grades
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Jan Oakes, School Social Worker
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