Hello! My name is Tom Snyder and I am the School Counselor at Central Elementary. The 2017-2018 school year is my 7th year as the counselor at Central, and my 8th year overall.
As the school counselor, I am here to help students achieve personal, social, and academic success, as well as provide support for parents and staff. My services include group and individual social/emotional counseling, crisis intervention, character development, classroom guidance lessons, referrals to outside agencies, Special Education and 504 plan management, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), student advocacy and more. I am committed to supporting life-long learning and growth to help students become responsible and productive members of society. Educating and preparing the next generation of productive and healthy citizens is what Central Elementary is all about!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call or email!
Information about the Guidance Office
What Does a Counselor Do?
As a School Counselor, I perform the following roles in order to promote positive development in academic, career, and personal/social domains:
Small group counseling
Attend and participate in academic intervention meetings
Organize and administer building testing
Observe students in various school environments
Consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, social workers, and students
Respond to school crises or emergency situations
Provide information and resources to parents on a variety of issues
How can a student see the counselor?
A note about confidentiality…
The general rules of confidentiality for counselors are very different from those of teachers. Confidentiality is important to maintain a trusting relationship with students. Students are told that what they tell Mrs. Blair will stay in her office unless one of the three things occur:
1. Someone is hurting you.
2. You want to hurt someone.
3. You want to hurt yourself.
Only then will Mr. Snyder tell someone to make sure they are safe and healthy. Information is never disclosed to other staff members, parents, or students unless permission is granted. If a student discloses information deemed crucial to a child's safety or well-being, the student is informed that his/her parents must be notified. The exception to the general rules is if information is court mandated.