My name is Ann Fitch and I am the School Counselor at Gold Rush Elementary. I am so excited and honored to be joining this amazing GRE family! This will be my 11th year as a School Counselor, all here in Douglas County. I am committed to encouraging, supporting, and empowering our students to become their best selves. My primary task is to help ALL students become better learners by providing a comprehensive and developmental counseling program that meets their Social Emotional Learning.
I will be meeting with students individually and in small groups, conducting classroom lessons using the MindUp and Learning to Breathe curriculums, collaborating and working as a team with parents and staff. I speak a language of hope and blend respect, empathy, curiosity, humor, creativity, and patience when working with students.
Support provided can be therapeutic, but the role of a school counselor is not to diagnose or provide therapy. I am able to provide temporary/short-term support to help students overcome acute issues having an impact on their school performance. I am a resource similar to the school nurse in that she can provide help, but refers out for more serious issues. Licensed mental health counselors are the appropriate resource to provide ongoing therapy sometimes needed by families and children. I am happy to provide these referrals to you, if you ever need them.
As the counselor, I have the privilege of providing support to every student at GRE. Confidentiality is respected, unless they plan on hurting themselves, hurting someone else, or someone is hurting them. Although I do not require parent consent, if you would like to request I meet with your child for a specific concern, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
I am thrilled to be here, and I thank you for the support you have shown me by valuing your child’s mental health. I look forward to a great school year and getting to know all our wonderful students at GRE!