Hello, I am Mrs. Maritza Jimenez and for the past three years, I have the honor of being the elementary counselor at Kendale Elementary. I have worked in Miami- Dade County public Schools as a counselor for the past 25 years. I have experience k-12 in several public schools.
The counseling curriculum at Kendale Elementary is designed to provide assistance and support to all students in the form of classroom guidance presentations, individual counseling and group counseling.
Why do we need elementary school counselors?
A deliberate and comprehensive approach to teaching children social and emotional skills can raise their grades and test scores, increase enthusiasm for learning, reduce behavior problems, and enhance cognitive functioning.
Students who receive social skills instruction do better academically and socially but the reverse is not true (academic instruction does not increase social/ emotional skills).
There is a strong connection between emotions and learning. Students who can recognize and manage strong emotions are better learners.Pro social behaviors exhibited by students in the classroom were found to be better predictors of academic achievement than were their standardized test scores.
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me send me an e-mail.