Degrees and Certifications:
Hello, my name is Kathy Drinkwine and I am the School Counselor at The Heights Community School. I am thrilled to be part of this wonderful learning community! I have worked for St. Paul Public Schools for 24 years. For the first 8 years I worked as a Fifth Grade Teacher. For the past 16 years, I have worked as a Licensed Elementary School Counselor.
It is my responsibility to act as student advocate--making sure that students' voices are heard and understood.
My goal is to help students recognize and achieve their highest potential in and out of the classroom.
On a personal note, I am a Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Daughter and Friend. I have a rich homelife that enables me to come to work each day excited and ready to listen and respond to students needs. If you need to talk with me about your child, please call my office at 651-325-2415. I can be reached at school from 7:45AM-3:30PM. If I do not answer, please leave a message and I will call you as soon as I get it.
School Counseling Services
I believe students do well when they can.
As a licensed School Counselor, my job is to guide students to be the best learner, friend, and member of the school community that they can be. I have the best job in the world!
In order to do so I provide counseling in three main areas:
- Personal/ Social , Academic, Career
Counseling services are delivered in the following ways:
As part of the Counseling Program, I teach a series of classroom guidance lessons to every student. The goal is to help empower students with the self-knowledge, coping, and life skills that will enable them to become motivated learners, effective communicators, good team members, creative problem solvers, and responsible citizens.
Small Group Counseling
I facilitate small students groups throughout the school year. Small groups usually meet weekly for about 8 weeks. Small student groups are an excellent way for your child to meet others, gain self-confidence, and to develop positive coping skills in a safe and enriching setting. Teachers or parents may refer students to be part of a group.
I also work with students individually for problems a student might present, such as struggles with peers, difficulty coming to school, anger management, or difficulties in the classroom, on the playground, or on the bus. Referrals for students to meet with a school counselor can be made by classroom teachers, parents, or through student self-referrals.
This includes working with students, staff members and parents to help students achieve their highest potential.
This includes responding to students' immediate needs through one-on-one counseling and small groups.
This includes managing a counseling program and maintaining my qualifications and professional relationships.
Counseling Resources and Curriculum
Step to Respect: A Violence Prevention Curriculum (Committee for Children, Grades K-2)
Second Step: A School Success and Violence Prevention Curriculum (Committee for Children, Grades pre-K-5)
Talking about Touching: Personal Safety Skill Building (Committee for Children, Grades K-2)
aMaze: Families All Matter (Grades K-5)
Peacemakers: A Violence Prevention Program (Grades 5)
Calm Down and Play: Activities to Help Impulsive Children
(Loretta Oleck Berger, Grades K-3) Ages 5 - 12. This book is filled with fun and effective activities to help children calm down and control impulses, focus, concentrate and organize their thoughts, identify and verbalize feelings, channel and release excess energy appropriately, and build self-esteem and confidence.
Salvaging Sisterhood (Grades 5)
Get Ready (Grades 4-5) Career Readiness focus
Small Group Counseling for Children, by Diane S. Seen
This program is a comprehensive approach to small group counseling. Grades K-2 features curricula on self-concept, friendship and school success. Grades 2-5 features curricula on anger management, friendship, school success and self-concept.
Zones of Regulation