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Hello Oakland Family! I am one of the School Counselors in the building. This year, I am truly looking forward to working with our Second, Third and Fourth grade Owls! I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. I received my Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling from Webster University and completed my certification for School Counseling at Austin Peay State University. I have been working with children and families for over 20 years. I am a proud wife, Army Mom, and mother of 3.
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Oakland uses a positive behavior matrix that promotes student awareness in expected behaviors.  This matrix can be seen in every room, throughout the building, is described in our school handbook located in the front of each student's provided OWL planner, and builds off our character trait acronym (WISDOM) banners handing from our foyer ceiling.  Each desired trait is broken down to identify school related desired behaviors to create student understanding and awareness of expectations.  These indicators are also linked to Class Dojo, which is used not only by teachers but throughout the entire building by special area teachers, special service providers, support staff, and administrators to provide consistency for our students and with parent communication.  The six overarching categories/character traits that student friendly indicators are broken down for on the visual matrix that students are taught about and expected to strive for are:

  • Work Ethic
  • Integrity
  • Self-discipline
  • Determination
  • Optimism
  • Motivation

Follow the link below to view the full "Dojo and Matrix Cheat Sheet".  This is designed to show the connection between the values on the matrix and the skills that are on Class Dojo.

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