Welcome to the Counselor's Office at Meadows!
Greetings Meadows Families,
Thank you for visiting our counseling corner! Did you know that school counselors wear several different hats?! Some of those hats look like assisting students with their social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs. I am also the 504 accommodations coordinator for our building for students who may need some accommodations within the classroom setting. I get to do individual brief/solution focused counseling and small group counseling which is one of my favorite things that I get to do in my job! I get to build relationships with students and teach coping skills, and self regulation strategies. I can also provide resources in our district and/or community for things such as basic needs, mental health counseling, and parenting education. I also get to teach our Social Emotional Lessons for the Child Protection Unit when we are in person to all of Kindergarten and 5th grade. I love getting to work with our students and being a part of the Meadows Community. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or would like to know more!Check out my virtual office: Ms. Cusack’s Calming RoomI hold a Master's Degree in Education and Counseling, and a Washington ESA certificate in School Counseling from St. Martin's University. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Washington University majoring in Sociology and double minoring in Psychology and Family Studies. Before working in counseling, I worked for several years in Early Childhood Learning and the English Language Learning Department in a neighboring school district. I am passionate about helping children and families thrive. I look forward to working with you!Counselor: Caitlin Cusack (Monday-Friday)Hi Mustangs!Welcome back to virtual school 2.0! I am so excited to be in my second year with Meadows. I miss seeing everyone in person but I know together we can get through this. I am available to offer mental health counseling to students who may need further support or connect you with an outside provider. If you are concerned about your child or have any questions please feel free to contact myself or Ms. Cusack through email or phone and we can discuss it further., all referrals are ran through the school counselor. I am here and ready to support your family through these times either directly or by providing you resources to help you navigate these unusual circumstances. I cannot wait until we can all be together again in person when it is safe to do so until then we can come together virtually and overcome any obstacle.I hold a Master's Degree in Education in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling from the University of Puget Sound. I also have an associate license as a mental health counselor with the state of Washington and an ESA school counselors certificate. This is my 5th year in the district and before that I worked in private practice and with emotional and behavioral disordered kids in a different school district. I love helping children and families reach their fullest potential and achieve their own definition of happiness =] Looking forward to working with you throughout this year and making it an awesome year!Please check out my page of resources to help your student stay calm and focused.Shannon ReedMental Health Specialistsreed@nthurston.k12.wa.us360-515-1358Mental Health Specialist: Shannon Reed (Tuesdays & Fridays)