Welcome to the Counselor's Office!

  • Counselor: Justin Thomas jthomas@nthurston.k12.wa.us
    Mental Health Specialist: Carol Kochta ckochta@nthurston.k12.wa.us

    Phone: (360) 412-4680

    We are committed to helping your student not only on academic growth and excellence, but supporting your child in learning and positive behavior choices on a daily basis.

About Counselor Thomas

  • Justin Thomas

    Welcome Woodland families and students! My name is Justin Thomas, and I am the School Counselor at Woodland Elementary. A School Counselor serves students directly and indirectly by providing services to close achievement gaps in academics, social-emotional, and career domains. You can learn more about the programs I support by browsing my page, or by contacting me directly.

    I completed my education at Saint Martin’s University, earning a B.A. degree in Psychology with honors in 2014, and earning my Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in School Counseling in December 2016.

    I have been an elementary School Counselor since January 2017, starting my counseling career in Seattle Public Schools. I joined the Woodland team in fall 2017. I started my educational career as a paraeducator in NTPS, working at Lakes Elementary from 2013-16. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

    Please call or email to schedule an appointment. My Office hours are from 9:00 AM — 3:00 PM.

Parent Support/Workshops

  • The Family Alliance for Mental Health (FAMH) is a network directed by parents/caregivers and other volunteers. They are a connecting point if you have a child or youth that struggles with emotional and/or behavioral challenges and mental illness.
    All are welcome.
    More information: familyallianceformentalhealth.com or call Donna at (360) 790-7505

Sound Care Kids Grief Support

  • Children, teens, and their parents have found understanding and support at SoundCareKids for over 17 years. New support groups are starting soon.  Call Providence Hospice at (360) 493-5928 to request an information packet and to reserve your place in the upcoming session.
    Visit their website for more information, or download the materials below.