1250 Maine Street, Poland, ME 04274
Phone 207-998-4915 | Fax 207-998-4998
School Office Hours 8:00-4:30
School Hours 8:30-3:15 (2:15 on Wednesdays)


PCS School Counseling

Danielle Higginbotham, School Counselor at PCS

Meet your PreK-2 School Counselor!

Danielle Higginbotham, School Counselor at PCS

(207) 998-4915 ext. 108

Hello! My name is Danielle Higginbotham, or as the students call me, Mrs. Higgs! I grew up in Bath, Maine and currently reside in Westbrook with my wife Erica and our dog Cooper. I attended the University of Southern Maine, graduating with my Bachelor of Arts in Communication & my Masters of Science in School Counseling. I enjoy hiking with my family, spending time at the beach, or in my garden!


Abby Rines, School Counselor at PCS

Meet your 3-6 School Counselor!

Abby Gervais, School Counselor at PCS

(207) 998-4915 ext. 153


Hey, I’m Mrs. Gervais! I graduated from the University of Southern Maine with my Masters of Science in Counseling. I’ve lived with my fiance in Maine for eight years, and before that lived in the North Conway, New Hampshire area! I am a big fan of nature, playing sports, spending time with my family, and good conversations.





Helpful Resources For Families:



If you would like to make an account, please reach out to your student’s School Counselor!


Maine's Statewide Crisis Line: (888) 568-1112 (call or text)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Trevor Project LGBTQ Crisis Line: 1-866-488-7386
Teen Text Line: Text 207-515-TEXT (Not a Crisis Line- 12pm-10pm, peer supported)


If your child(ren) could benefit from additional counseling outside of school, please connect with your counselor and we can help

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Mrs. Higg’s & Mrs. Gervais’ Role with Students

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  • We address students’ academic, career, and social/emotional needs through a comprehensive school counseling program that is delivered via classroom instruction, individual and group counseling.

  • We deliver classroom lessons using The Second Step Curriculum that promotes school success, school connectedness, and a safe and respectful school climate through Growth Mindset, Goal Setting, Emotion Management, Empathy, Kindness, and Problem-Solving.

  • We support students who are facing challenges such as the death of a loved one/pet, family transitions, friendship issues, being new to Poland etc.

  • We celebrate students’ successes.

  • We expose students to self-regulatory skills (such as breathing exercises, physical movement, journaling, and meditating etc.) which enhances their ability to focus, identify feelings, and release stress.


Mrs. Higg’s & Mrs. Gervais’ Role with Families and the Community

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  • We maintain confidentiality with all families and students. Confidentiality will be broken if people express they are having feelings of harming themselves or others. We are mandated reporters.

  • We serve as consultants to school staff, parents, and the greater community.

  • We work collaboratively with all Poland Community School staff, parents, and the greater community to ensure all people feel safe, valued, and respected.


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