Elementary School


“Treat people as they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of being." Goethe

School Counselors Help Our Children Find Success in School by . . . 

  • Helping develop positive attitudes among students towards self, family, and community.
  • Counseling with students individually and in groups to understand and appreciate their unique qualities and to grow personally and socially.
  • Supporting students by teaching skills for achieving success.
  • Developing and delivering classroom guidance lessons weekly regarding sills for learning, empathy, emotion management, problem solving, and personal safety.
  • Assisting students to become invested in their school success by showing them how school performance relates to future opportunities.
  • Working collaboratively with students, parents, teachers and others to identify and remove barriers to student achievement.

Elementary Counseling and guidance services are for all students, not just those in crisis situations. 

Evergreen's School Counseling Program Includes...

  • Classroom guidance activities from a variety of curricula regarding issues such as bullying, empathy/friendship, problem solving, anger management, emotion management, and personal safety.
  • Individualized guidance for student problems and concerns.
  • "Lunch with Mrs. D-B" is offered each day and is designed to practice social skills, build relationships, and have FUN! Students sign up on the day their grade is assigned.
  • Parenting information and resources.
  • Consultation with parents, teachers, and other interested adults.
  • Referrals to outside agencies and resources.
  • Small groups are offered as need with parent permission.

What does an Elementary School Counselor do?

A school counselor is a professional who provides guidance and counseling services for all students. These services help children develop academically, personally, emotionally, and socially.

How and Why do Parents Contact the School Counselor?

  • Concerns over student achievement
  • Family health problems
  • New school registration and orientation
  • Discussing special needs of their child
  • Early discussion of potential crises
  • Family difficulties or concerns

Note: Parents can call or email the school counselor at any time for a phone conference or to set up a school visit.

How Does a Student See the Counselor?

  • Self-referral
  • Parent referral
  • Administrative referral
  • Teacher or other staff referral
  • Referral by friend(s)
  • Counselor request

Additional Resources

Second Step Summative Assessments

Child Protection Unit Summative Assessment

Bullying Prevention Summative

Contact Information:

Denise Doering-Burmark, M.Ed.
Evergreen Elementary School
(253) 530-1393
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  • A Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work
  • A Masters of Education degree in School Counseling
  • Washington State E.S.A. Certification in School Counseling
  • Professional member of the American School Counselor Association
  • Professional member of the Washington School Counselor Association

ASCA member