Middle School Counseling

The Middle School Counseling Program is specifically designed to provide academic, social and emotional support to students and parents and to support successful transitions into, through and out of middle school. 

Students and parents can arrange appointments by contacting the counselors directly. Meetings can take place before, during, or after school.

Examples of some of the services our counselors offer include the following:

  • Meeting individually with students - we help students think through their ideas to find answers to questions and solutions to challenges, and we meet at least once a year with each student related to their goals and how school is going
  • Hosting Counselor Coffees - regular parent-led, counselor-guided topical conversations; sometimes these will be about specific topics, and other times they will be book studies where we review chapters together after we have read them
  • Guiding transitional activities - new student orientation/luncheons, new family orientation, transitions to middle and high school, departing student/family activities and meetings
  • Leading Peer Ambassadors - a club for middle school students who want to support their peers through welcoming new students and leading awareness activities of interest to students
  • Providing parent support - meet with parents to address the current needs of their child at school
  • Leading student groups - need-based groups related to specific, shared topics

Meet the Counselors

    

Joe George
Grades 6 & 7 Counselor
joe.george@aas.ru

Michigan State University, B.A.: Maj. History, Min. English
Michigan State University, M.A.: Curriculum and Teaching
University of Detroit-Mercy, M.A.: School Counseling

 

 

Having worked for nine years as a middle school counselor, 10 years as a high school social studies and English teacher, and nine years as a high school track coach, I have had the pleasure of working in with many diverse people from around the world. This is my eighth year here at AAS, and I am looking forward to working with you.

I am a present-focused, relationship-based Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who believes that people can usually find solutions to situations and implement successful plans with some assistance and support. So, if you (or a family member) feel that what is being done is not getting the desired results, want to think about ways to thrive in Moscow, and/or simply need to find unknown information, please send me an email. Together we will find whatever it is you need. In addition, although much of my job focuses upon common, age-appropriate issues like organization, study skills, stress management, and conflict resolution, I also have experience working with less common issues like depression, self-injury, eating disorders, and substance abuse.

Lauren Zimmerman     

Lauren Zimmerman
Grades 8 & 9 Counselor
lauren.zimmerman@aas.ru

Plymouth State University: B.S. Social Work with minors in Psychology and Anthropology/Sociology
Plymouth State University:M.Ed.Counselor Education: Human Relations
Postgraduate Work: School Counseling and Play Therapy

 

Lauren Zimmerman’s professional career has always included working with children and families. Her background is varied having experience working at Head Start programs and residential facilities for children, working as a trained Youth and Family Mediator, serving as a caseworker completing family studies for adoptions, running drug and alcohol prevention programs, coordinating church youth programs, facilitating workshops on child abuse and sexual harassment and for 13 years now, working as a school counselor across all divisions.

Lauren enjoys working in the school environment as she feels that it provides a broader perspective on child behavior that allows her to be better able to provide the appropriate support and guidance for students and their families.

Lauren is coming to AAS from Bangladesh where she spent the last 3 years working with students in grades 6-9 as their school counselor. Providing transitional support is a key component of every counselor’s work in international schools but particularly as students move between divisions. Providing consistency, education, information and skill development assists students as they mature and prepare for their next step in their learning journey.

Lauren is committed to helping students successfully navigate these middle and high school years.

 

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