Bruce Whittier Middle School - School Counselor
Bonnie Robbins, BWMS - School Counselor
As the school counselor at Bruce Whittier Middle School (BWMS), Mrs. Robbins is an educator who provides social-emotional competencies to all students through a school counseling program. Mrs. Robbins works with the students to help ensure the mission of the department is upheld by working to make sure students are learning the necessary skills to be ready for high school, the skills to handle life challenges, and starting to identify career interests. Mrs. Robbins has been working at the middle school since the consolidation in 2010, following her position as a counselor for Poland Community School and Fairview in Auburn. Prior to becoming a school counselor, Mrs. Robbins was a teacher at PCS.
Mrs. Robbins also serves as the 504 Coordinator for BWMS, which entails being knowledgable of the responsibilites under the Section 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and making sure the funding follows appropriate guidelines to be sure the district in in compliance with its responsibilities. In addition, she is an ad-junct professor at USM in which she teaches a Master's course to school and clinical counseling students. She has been on the National School Counselor board, as well as on our Maine state school Counseling Board. Mrs. Robbins attended Syracuse University and received a BS in Speech Communication. She received her Post-Bacculaureatte in elementary education and earned her Masters in School Counseling (as well as receiving her Certificate of Advanced Study - Masters +30) from USM.
With her education, experience and ambition, RSU #16 is fortunate to have Mrs. Robbins on staff guiding our students at a time when kids are struggling with their own self concept, personal-social wellness and finding a balance between friends/peers, parents and other adults. Adolescents seek understanding and balance as they go through the transition of being a kid and a teenager. With twin boys of her own that are going through the RSU #16 school system - she cares about our students and our schools!
School Counseling Mission
The school counseling program in RSU #16 supports student academic, personal/social, and career success. Through collaborative partnerships with staff, parents and community, the school counseling program promotes equity and access for students as they make important decisions about post-secondary options and life-long learning that will assist them in reaching their full potential as citizens of their community.
Developmental School Counselor Philosophy
A comprehensive School Counseling Program uses a holistic approach in actively assisting students to develop ideas, goals, and objectives, which will help them gain greater independence, self-knowledge, and self-esteem. A School Counseling Program must begin in kindergarten and continue through grade 12 with the focus of services being prevention rather than remediation. The School Counseling Program is an integral part of the total educational program for all students; its success depends upon the combined efforts of the entire school community. The School Counseling Program is carefully planned, systematically implemented, and reflects current developments in the field.
Goals and objectives for the School Counseling Program are based on the belief that each student has a unique combination of needs, interests, abilities, and developmental issues which impact academic, personal and social growth. This program will contribute to the growth and development of all students by striving to equip them with the knowledge, awareness, and skills needed to thrive in the world in which they live and work. The School Counselor related needs of students, can be grouped as follows:
- Personal and social development
- Educational development
- Career development
The Program provides counseling, consultation, appraisal, information and referral in support of these needs.
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