Counseling Center

Purpose

Cotter Schools' Counseling Department, located on the second floor of Saint Teresa Hall, offers a comprehensive school counseling program to support our students and their needs. We provide emotional, academic, social and problem solving support. Along with the students, we involve parents, teachers and administrators in collaboration to support the needs of each student.

Members of the Counseling Center follow each student's academic progress, make sure students have the required courses for graduation, provide help with course selection, and provide assistance with college planning and application.

Students are divided alphabetically into three sections. Each counselor is responsible for working with the students in their alphabetical section. To accommodate individual needs, appointments may be made through the counseling secretary.

Staff

Counselors:
Mr. Stephen Stephenson: Email: sstephen@cotterschools.org
Phone: 5070.453.5095

Ms. Kerry Randall
Email: krandall@cotterschools.org
Phone: 507.453.5023

Secretary:
Mrs. Deb Lisowski
Email: dlisowsk@cotterschools.org
Phone: 507.453.5027

Mission, Vision, Goals

Mission Statement

The Cotter High School Guidance Department seeks to assist in the promotion of excellence through guidance services.

Vision

Our vision for the guidance department is to have a comprehensive guidance program for grades 7-12. Components to be included are: personal and social development, career development and educational development.

Goals

To have all students feel respected and welcomed to seek guidance services;

To provide individual counseling and planning sessions with students and parents to assist the student:

  • to understand him/herself and his/her opportunities,
  • to make appropriate adjustments and decisions in light of this understanding,
  • to accept the responsibility for this choice, and
  • to follow a course of action in harmony with this choice;

To provide: small group counseling sessions; classroom presentations on critical issues; parent and teacher consultations and support;

To assist in educational programming which will enable the student to meet graduation requirements and meet individual goals;

To assist the student with post-secondary planning and filing of applications and documents required by the post-secondary institution;

To administer educational testing and explain the results to students;

To manage and maintain student records and files;

To manage and maintain college/career information center;

To arrange career and college speakers and information.

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