Welcome to Mrs. Ginn's Counselor Corner!
About Mrs. Ginn
My name is Colleen Ginn, and I have been the school counselor at Horace Mann Elementary since 2018. I love working with the elementary age group because I see the importance of building foundational social-emotional skills at this age, and how these skills can last a lifetime. I am always humbled by the opportunity I have to play a role in your child’s life, and enjoy any chance I have to get to know each of the students in our Horace Mann community. I am a member of the American School Counselor Association and the Washington School Counselor Association, and strive to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that aligns with the standards set by the American School Counselor Association.
A few fun facts about me… I grew up in Bellingham Washington, I love reading, I have a major sweet tooth, and I have tap danced since I was 2 years old and still take a class every week!
The Mann Elementary Counseling Program
The role of the school counselor is to support all students in social-emotional, academic, and career development. As an elementary school counselor, I focus on establishing positive social skills, problem solving and conflict resolution, recognizing and expressing feelings, effectively using coping skills, demonstrating empathy and compassion, and personal self-growth. I support students in several different ways:
Classroom Counseling Lessons
I teach classroom counseling lessons in every class throughout the school year. We focus on a variety of topics including problem-solving, self-regulation, career exploration, perspective taking, academic skills, and bullying. For more information about your child(ren)’s classroom counseling lessons, please view the counselor introduction letter for their grade-level. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to me.
Individual Short-Term Counseling
Students may request to see me or may be referred by a teacher or parent/guardian. Unlike outside counseling or therapy, school counseling is short-term and solution focused. If your child is in need of long-term counseling support, I can assist in your search. Free and low-cost counseling is available in our community for families in need.
I offer small counseling groups throughout the school year on a variety of topics. Small groups provide the opportunity for students to focus on a specific area of growth with the support of peers with similar goals. Small groups typically last for 8-10 weeks. Topics may include friendship, social skills, stress/anxiety, self-esteem, self-regulation, and divorce. If you are interested in learning more about small counseling groups, please contact me.
If your family is in need of help with school supplies, clothing, food, child care, etc. at any time during the school year, please contact me or complete this FAMILY RESOURCE SURVEY. You can also find a list of community resources on the DISTRICT WEBSITE.