Hello, and welcome to a new school year! My name is Michelle Bolinger, and I will be the new Child Development Specialist (School Counselor) this year! While I am sure you are all sad to say goodbye to Amirah, my goal is to continue the wonderful work she was doing here at John Muir Magnet School.
First, I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself. I have two wonderful children, a devoted partner, one dog, and two cats. I am a Southern Oregon native; I love our local geography, and I am passionate about our community and the families who call Southern Oregon their home. I enjoy music, traveling, camping, gardening, cooking (and eating), and spending time with friends and family. I am currently completing my final year of a three year MS in School Counseling program through Oregon State University. Prior to my career as a Professional School Counselor, I worked as a Family Advocate for Southern Oregon Head Start, and volunteered on several local committees focused on improving the lives and well-being of local children and families.
I am a firm believer that social emotional wellness and academic success go hand-in-hand; the cultivation of these types of skills improves your child’s ability to learn, and also leads to positive outcomes throughout life. During the 2016/2017 school year, I will support students’ needs and social emotional skill attainment in a variety of ways: individual counseling sessions, small groups, crisis interventions, etc. If your child is referred to me for individual sessions or small groups, I will contact you prior to our first meeting, and ask that you complete an “Informed Consent” form (fancy way to say permission slip). If you would like me to work with your child, please fill out a “Parent Referral Form” (attached to this letter and in my “nook” in room 8).
If you have any questions, or would just like to introduce yourself, please feel free to email me at email@example.com or leave a note with Laura (in the office). My hours are very limited this year (Mondays 8am to 4pm), so please allow up to 48 business hours for a response.
I am so excited to meet each one of you and your amazing children! I look forward to an exciting new school year, and I am so grateful to be a part of such a fantastic school!
Michelle Bolinger CDS and School Counselor John Muir Magnet School