CDS and School Counseling
Hello, my name is Michelle Bolinger and I am the School Counselor and Child Development Specialist at John Muir. I earned my Masters of Science in School Counseling through Oregon State University in June 2017, and I have been a CDS in the Ashland School District for the past 4 years. Prior to my career as a Professional School Counselor, I worked as a Family Advocate for Southern Oregon Head Start and volunteered on several committees which focused on improving the lives and well-being of local children and families. I have two wonderful children, a devoted partner, three dogs, 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 believe in the equity of opportunity for all students and I advocate for systemic changes that will encourage and increase such equity. I place the utmost value on data driven, comprehensive, developmental school counseling programs and evidence-based procedures. I believe in the importance of life long education and strive to remain well informed on the ever-changing realities and responsibilities of my field. I adhere strongly to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Ethical Standards for School Counselors and prioritize ongoing personal education in this area in particular. I am familiar with, and practice, ethical guidelines surrounding personal wellness, and I clearly recognize the importance of having a positive support system, both personally and professionally. I am passionate about my own cultural competency and growth, as well as the cultural competency of my fellow educators.
Licensed School Counselor and Certified Child Development Specialist
Bellview Elementary School
John Muir Magnet School