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Ms.Kim in graduation gown

Counselor's Corner

My name is Sangeun (Katie) Kim. I am excited to be the first full time School Counselor at Forest Park Elementary. It is so apparent how close-knit and welcoming this community is, I feel very grateful to be part of it!

My passion for school counseling began during my time as a student at the University of Iowa where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then at USC, where I earned my Masters of Education in School Counseling.

As a School Counselor, my primary role is to promote the academic, career, and social/emotional development of all students. I will be meeting with students individually as well as in small groups, conducting classroom counseling lessons, meeting with parents, collaborating with teachers and staff, to benefit and meet the needs of our students.

The school counselor can help students with:

  • Working well with others/friendship issues
  • Feeling good and confident about themselves
  • Managing feelings (stress, anger, worry, etc.)
  • How to be a problem-solver
  • Learning to make good decisions
  • Dealing with peer pressure and bullying
  • Adjusting to a new school
  • Grief and loss
  • Assisting with anything that affects ability to learn
  • Preparing for junior high

How Does a Student See the Counselor?

  • Administrative/teacher referral
  • Student self-referral
  • Parent/guardian referral

Individual and Group counseling sessions are:

  • Short-term between 6-10 weeks
  • All during regular school hours
  • Open to all students
  • Goal/Skill-centered

 I look forward to working with our students, families, and community. It’s going to be a great school year together with lots of growth and learning. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.


Miss Kim, M.Ed, PPS