Lori "Sunny" Sundelius - Elementary School Counselor
My name is Lori Sundelius (the students may call me "Ms. Sunny") and I am thrilled to be the School Counselor at Highland Park Elementary!
My primary focus is to provide support students need to be successful in school by helping them develop positive personal/social and academic skills. Our Comprehensive School Counseling Program is for every student at HPE and happens in a variety of ways.
Classroom Guidance 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. I will meet the district Counselor Cirriculum standards with learning targets in the areas of social emotional learning, self awareness, academic readiness, career exploration, post secondary education options and financial literacy.
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.
Individual Counseling 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.
Parent Support Parents might call to talk about things like:
- "My child doesn't want to go to school in the morning
- "I'm concerned because my child keeps telling me that he doesn't have any friends”
- "We recently had a death in the family, and I'm not sure how my child is coping"
- "My child’s is very sad because her mother doesn’t live with us anymore"
- "My child gets really frustrated doing homework, and nothing I say seems to help"