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Mrs. Joanne Grady – Spruce Primary School Counselor
Mrs. Joanne Grady – Spruce Primary School Counselor

In my role as Spruce's School Counselor, I am here to assist students  by engaging with them in a positive, caring, and loving way!  The better that they feel about themselves and their relationships with the staff in their school, the more likely they will love coming to school, and love learning!

In my work with students, I strive to develop a rapport with them based on the use of humor, play, and caring compassion. I support the educational process by assisting students with emotional awareness and regulation. A student who feels good about themselves and their life is more likely to have a clear mind to absorb information, and will be ready to learn! I teach students problem solving and coping skills, and engage with them to build up their strengths to increase their happiness so that they feel good about themselves and love coming to school to learn.

I am so happy to be here at Spruce to serve and to meet students' needs.

I enjoy helping students by providing these services:

Individual Counseling

I work with students in the areas of grief/loss, divorce, blending of families, abuse, social skills, behavior, academic concerns, and other crises that may interfere with learning and their educational progress.

Evaluation and Planning Services

I coordinate and facilitate intervention assistance teams (parents, teachers, and staff) to discuss, evaluate, and develop plans for students who have been identified with special needs and/or conditions that may interfere with their learning and progress.

Parent Conference Services

I can coordinate school resources to best meet the needs of a child and his/her family. I coordinate and facilitate I.A.T. (Intervention Assistance Team) meetings, 504 Plan Meetings, and other related services. I work closely with parents who may need support for their child and have concerns regarding family/personal/school issues.

Group Counseling Services

Support groups may be offered (depending on students' needs) on topics of loss, divorce, anger management, friendship skill development, and feeling better (dealing with strong feelings such sadness, anger, and fear). Parent requests are welcome, and parent permission will be pursued.

Classroom Guidance Services

I offer lessons in classrooms during the regular school day to assist with the development of various skills (social: how to deal with difficult students and get along with others; how to make and keep friends, emotional awareness and regulation, how to deal with stress and cope with strong feelings such as sadness, anger, and fear). I can provide resource materials upon request.

Referral Services

Upon request from parents who are in need of help, I will provide referrals for resources from outside agencies and/or other helping professionals. Coordination of school and community resources may, at times, be necessary to meet the varying needs of our students.

Best way to contact me

A phone call to the school secretary is the best way to arrange a personal contact. My email is

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