Guidance

The purpose of the Guidance Department is to assist teachers, students and parents to function effectively in the educational program of the school.

The Guidance Department handles the following situations:

  • Individual/Group Counseling
  • Enrolling New Students
  • Staffing ESE Students
  • 504 Plans
  • Homebound Students
  • Distribution of Report Cards
  • Maintaining Cumulative Folders
  • Student Scheduling
  • Transfer of Student Grades for New Enrollees
  • Liaison for Elementary and High Schools
  • Career Education/Blueprint Specialist
  • Bus Routes
  • Assistance with Standardized Testing
  • Educational Support Groups
  • Student Success Skills Training
  • Peer Mediation Training and Services

Guidance Counselors

 Eunice Johnson-Guidance Counselor

for C.A.S.E Academy, STEAM Academy, VET Academy & E2020 students

 

Certification:

Education Specialist University of Detroit
M.A. University of Detroit
B.A. University of Detroit

Philosophy:

I believe the children are our future…
I believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique
and special to the world. I will help children to develop their potential by
believing in them as capable individuals. I will assist children in
discovering who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture
their own ideas. I have a vision of a world where people learn to respect,
accept, and embrace the differences between us, as the core of what makes
life so fascinating.

Contact:

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Guidance Counselors


 

 

 

 

Lizzett Martinez

School Counselor for:
6th and 7th grade (A-L)
coordinator for 504s and MTSS
Assists other school counselor for ESOL and ESE students

Education:
Master’s in Educational Leadership K-12
Bachelor’s in Mass Communications (Broadcasting)

Certifications:
Guidance and Counseling PK-12
Educational Leadership K-12
Exceptional Student Education K-12
Elementary K-6
English for students of other languages (ESOL)

Philosophy:
Children are here because they are a blessing. They need to be loved and cared for. If you give them the love they need, they will show you their potential. Educators are here to help guide them along the way, and to help teach them right from wrong. With the support of all educators, the children will be geared towards success. We must work as a team to make sure they get the best education possible and to help them become productive citizens in society.

Email: Lizzett.martinez@polk-fl.net

 


 

Lisa Bailey -LEA Facilitator

 

The LEA Facilitator:

  • Monitors and assures the compliance of IEP completion and reevaluations
  • ESE discipline procedures
  • Develops, trains and assists staff in implementing programs
  • Assists teachers in meeting student needs
  • Works with teams in providing the least restrictive environment for learning.

School Psychologist

  Geoffrey Freebern, NCSP

Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Schools Served: Crystal Lake Middle, Crystal Lake Elementary, Jesse Keen Elementary, Lakeland High School, Harrison School for the Arts

 

 

Certification:

Certificate of Advanced Study: School Psychology      University at Albany (SUNY)
M.S.: Educational Psychology                                          University at Albany (SUNY)
B.S.:  Psychology & Business Administration                Florida Southern College

Services:

Most school psychologists in Polk County Public Schools are an integral part of their assigned schools and are helping to implement Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in both elementary and secondary settings.  Some school psychologists have developed additional skills in assessment and management of low incidence problems, spectrum disorders, behavior change, counseling, crisis assessment and intervention, neuropsychological assessments, and pre-school evaluations.

Our services include:

  • Supporting schools in the implementation of MTSS; we
    • Participate in various school teams
    • Participate in the Positive Behavior Supports process
    • Provide a variety of coaching/consultation activities
    • Organize and analyze data
    • Collaborate with parents, school staff and administrators
    • Assist schools with annual planning and program development
  • Providing direct services in:
    • Individual and group counseling
    • Assessment of students to guide educational decision-making
    • Crisis intervention
    • Training and professional development related to mental health issues and educational concerns
  • Meeting the Child Find obligations to determine ESE eligibility
  • Promoting and implementing programs that enhance the development of the whole child to more successfully meet the requirements of Florida Standards and 21st Century goals.

 

Contact:

geoff.freebern@polk-fl.net

__________________________________________________________________________________Newsletters & Resources

The following documents (in PDF format) contain valuable, district-approved information for parents, students, and staff members.

District Testing Information

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FDOE Commissioner Letter

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