Laura Waugaman

Laura

Laura Waugaman

Counselor
435-645-5620 ext. 4480
lwaugaman@pcschools.us

Note from Mrs. Waugaman

School Guidance Counselor and Life Skills Teacher

I am proud to be the Guidance Counselor at PPES. This is my 22nd year working for the Park City School District and my 18th year at PPES. As the School Counselor, I provide brief, solution focused, and strengths based counseling as requested by parents. I also facilitate small classes throughout the school year. These groups include: Divorce classes and friendship classes I am available to students as needed to work out school conflicts and friendship problems. We now have a counseling center which includes the life skills classroom, counseling and calming area, and a small office. I am also very excited to have a partner assisting me with counseling services. Her name is Jenny Wojcikowski. She is at PPES Tuesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday. We will be working together as a team providing counseling services at PPES.

I also teach Life Skills Classes for kindergarten through fifth grade. My schedule varies this year due to our Covid scheduling and distancing. In addition to being fun, teaching life skills classes provide me an opportunity to get to know all the students in the school.

I also supervise lunch recess for all grades.  The students see that we all work as a team and we are dedicated to creating a safe environment for all students. At recess, we are able to provide conflict resolution. Conflict resolution skills are taught in life skills classes. We assist students who need help making friends and who need help developing social skills. Recess is also a great time for me to follow up with students regarding various concerns. We also reinforce the Friends On The Watch Program during recess. This program teaches students how to identify bullying situations, and then how to respond. We encourage students who observe others being hurt to be an up-stander. If it is safe, they try to use their words and help their peers in need. We discuss how to be an up-stander in Life Skills class. When it is safe, students are encouraged to help their peers make good choices and if it is not safe, they are expected to report dangerous behavior. We work to help students who are demonstrating bullying behavior to learn healthy social skills and be respectful to all students. We also work to empower students who are demonstrating victim behavior to change by asserting themselves and setting healthy boundaries. Friends On The Watch is a school wide bully prevention program.

My greatest goals at PPES are to help students identify their strengths, feel a sense of belonging, and to feel special so that they may be successful in and out of school. If you have any questions or concerns, please call me, e-mail me, or stop by the counseling center. I feel extremely lucky to be part of the PPES community!

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Nota de la Sra. Waugaman

Consejera de Orientación Escolar y Maestra de Habilidades de Vida

Estoy orgullosa de ser la Consejera de Orientación en PPES. Este es mi decimonoveno año trabajando para el Distrito Escolar de Park City y quince años trabajando en PPES. Como Consejera de la escuela, yo proveo orientación breve, enfocada en la solución, y asesoramiento basado en las fortalezas, según lo solicitado por los padres. También me facilitan grupos pequeños durante todo el año escolar. Estos incluyen: divorcio, pena, cólera, atención / enfoque, preocupación, tristeza, soledad, lidiar con la discapacidad de un hermano (a), padres en recuperación y amistad.

Por favor vea el reverso de esta nota para un formulario de solicitud de consejería para padres. Estoy disponible para los estudiantes cuando sea necesario para resolver conflictos escolares y problemas de amistad. Ahora tenemos un centro de consejería que incluye el salón de clases de habilidades para la vida, una área calmante y consejo, y una pequeña oficina. También estoy muy emocionado de tener un compañero de trabajo que me asista con servicios de consejería. Su nombre es Chris Gauger y está en PPES los días martes, los jueves y cada dos viernes. Trabajaremos juntos como equipo brindando servicios de asesoramiento en PPES.

También enseño Clases de Habilidades de Vida. Me reúno con los estudiantes de 1er y 2do grado cada otra rotación durante el bloque de tiempo de la biblioteca. Me reúno con estudiantes de 3er, 4to y 5to grado una vez al mes. Me reúno con clases de Kindergarten para enseñar a Amigos Vigilantes – Friends On The Watch y luego según sea necesario / solicitado por los maestros. Además de ser divertido, enseñar clases de habilidades para la vida me brinda la oportunidad de conocer a todos los estudiantes de la escuela.

También superviso cada receso de almuerzo. El Director, Sr. Houck y Sra. Wojcikowski también supervisan el área de recreo cuando su tiempo lo permite. Los estudiantes ven que trabajamos en equipo y nos dedicamos a crear un ambiente seguro para todos los estudiantes. En el recreo podemos proporcionar resolución de conflictos. Las habilidades de resolución de conflictos se enseñan en las clases de habilidades para la vida. Ayudamos a los estudiantes que necesitan ayuda para hacer amigos y que necesitan ayuda para desarrollar habilidades sociales. El recreo es también un gran momento para mí para dar seguimiento a los estudiantes con respecto a varias preocupaciones. También reforzamos el programa Amigos Vigilantes – Friends On The Watch durante el recreo. Este programa enseña a los estudiantes cómo identificar situaciones de problemas y luego cómo responder. Animamos a los estudiantes que observan a otros que están siendo heridos a ser un buen amigo.

Si es seguro, tratan de usar sus palabras y ayudar a sus compañeros en necesidad. Discutimos cómo ser un “up-stander” en la clase de habilidades para la vida. Cuando es seguro, se anima a los estudiantes a ayudar a sus compañeros a tomar buenas decisiones y si no es seguro, se espera que reporten comportamientos peligrosos. Trabajamos para ayudar a los estudiantes que están demostrando comportamiento de intimidación para aprender habilidades sociales saludables y ser respetuoso con todos los estudiantes. También trabajamos para fortalezer a los estudiantes que están demostrando el comportamiento de ser una víctima para que cambien afirmándose y estableciendo límites saludables. Amigos Vigilantes – Friends On The Watch es un programa de prevención de intimidación en toda la escuela.

Mis metas más importantes en PPES son ayudar a los estudiantes a identificar sus fortalezas, sentir un sentido de pertenencia y sentirse especial para que tengan éxito dentro y fuera de la escuela. Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, por favor llámeme, envíeme un correo electrónico, o pase por el centro de consejería.

Me siento muy afortunada de ser parte de la comunidad PPES!

Counseling Delivery System
Laura Waugaman, PPES

Traditional School Year Format:

Collaborative Classroom Instruction
35-45% time
Life Skills Classes Provided for:
3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes 1 time a month.
KIndergarten 1st and 2nd grade two times a month.
Special Life Skills class include Child Abuse Prevention given by Peace House.
Whole School Assembly: Internet Safety
Bully Prevention: Friends on The Watch, every student in school signs the pledge, Reporting slips
Recess Social Skills:
Every day serving all students providing social skills, conflict resolution, and empathy which includes the Buddy Bench.

Plan for College and Career Readiness
5-10 % of time
Parent – Teacher Conferences (SEOP) 2 times a year, Counselor attends as needed
Individual Education Plans teaming as needed

Meet with 3rd and 4th graders 2x a year for individual planning.
Meet with 5th graders 2x a year with an Exit Interview for all 5th graders that includes Career planning.
Career Development Activity, Job Market for 4th and 5th grade students.
5th Grade Student Council

Systemic approach to dropout prevention:
30-40% of time
Letter home for 1st grade through 5th grades including counseling needs assessment.
Whole School Crisis Response
Social Work Requested by Parents
Individual Brief Counseling as Requested by Parents
Small Group Classes includes: Divorce, Grief, Complex Grief, Attention/Focus, Worry, Anger, Sad and Lonely, Friendship, and ELL social skills. Last year served 45 students providing 10 groups. To date this year serving 56 students and 11 groups in process.
Student Requested Counseling: Informal counseling for friendship problems, students sign board on Counselors door.
Behavior Plans, work with classroom teacher, and team administering and monitoring behavior plans.
Parent Meetings as requested.
Collaborate with outside providers.
School based therapy provided by Peace House and Valley Behavioral Health.
5th Grade Transition meetings to Ecker Middle School.

Administration of Program and non-school counseling activities
10-15% of Time

504 coordinator
MTSS

SST
Assist Principal as needed
Teacher Training as requested
District Wide Counselor Team Meetings
Community support, providing a support group for parents/guardians k-12 with children living with emotional/mental health concerns; teach LEAP, and teach Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Family photo with Waugman

 

Laura and her family have lived in Park City for 23 years.  Laura was born and raised in Guilford, Ct.  She enjoys traveling to Ct. every summer to visit extended family and spend time on her family beach.  She attended Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Ct where she received a BS in Psychology.  She then attended the college of New Rochelle where she received a MS is Art Therapy.  Laura did her on-site training for undergraduate and graduate school at Yale New Haven Hospital.  She has worked at the Crisis Intervention Program in Standford, Ct working with the adult menally ill adult population.  She then managed a group home, Project Return in Westport, Ct for adolescent girls who have experience trauma and or mental health issues.    She was married in 1991 and then moved to Bellingham, Wa. where she worked as a child and family therapist at Catholic Community Mental Health services for Children.  She became certificified as a Child Mental Health Specialist for the state of Wa. Laura moved to Utah in 1998.  She worked at The Children’s Center as a Child Familty therapist before starting her work for the PCSD.  Laura is a liscensed Clinical Mental Health Clinician and she has a Level 2 Professional Education Liscense for the State of Utah.  She was hired in 1999 as Intervention Specialist for the School District and then transfered to Parley’ Park Elementary School.  Laura enjoys spending time with her family skiing and enjoying all the great music provided by Mt. Town Stages.  She also enjoys fine arts and crafts.