The K-6 Counselor & Wellness Teacher has a strong background in the six prongs of Wellness: Digital Citizenship, Mental Health, Identity, Physical Health, Sexuality & Human Development and Social-Emotional Development. They work primarily with students in grades K - 6, collaborate closely with the Directors of both Lower and Middle Schools. In addition, they work closely with the Director of Counseling and the Assistant Head: Student life on the K-12 Wellness program, and serve as a member of SST. They are adept at engaging and communicating effectively with students, parents and faculty and have excellent teaching, curriculum development, advising and presentation skills a must. A Master's Degree in School Counseling, Clinical/Counseling Psychology or related field is required and at least two years of School Counseling experience highly preferred. Professionalism and the ability to deal with sensitive and confidential issues are vital in this role. The Counselor/Teacher has a strong and demonstrated commitment to Equity & Inclusion and reflects Maret’s Mission and Core Values.
Meeting regularly with the Lower and Middle School Directors to support student issues, educate teachers and continually assess divisional Wellness program needs.
Providing instruction for Wellness classes in grades K - 6. Coordinates this program with the Director of Counseling to ensure appropriate scope and sequence throughout the school.
Consulting with K - 6 teachers regarding social, emotional and behavioral needs of the students. This may include developing and implementing behavior plans for students who need them. They can provide direct observation of K-6 students during classes when needed. Consultation may take place during specific student, grade-level, divisional or SST meetings where student concerns are discussed.
Providing consultation to parents of K - 6 students regarding the social-emotional needs of their child(ren). This may include making referrals to outside therapy for the student or family. The counselor may also communicate with outside therapists who are serving our students.
Participating in weekly Student Support Team (SST) meetings.
Meeting regularlywith the Director of Counseling and Assistant Head: Student Life.
Attending all Lower and Middle School divisional, weekly Full Faculty, staffing and transition meetings for K-6.
Seeking out opportunities to create, organize and/or present programs that educate students, faculty and parents on Wellness.
Meeting with K - 6 students who are in acute distress and providing urgent care or short term counseling as needed.
Proactively offering consultation and assistance to faculty and Division Directors regarding K-6 students’ social and emotional concerns.
Developing relationships with students, faculty and parents through community interactions.
Staying attuned to the diversity of our students and demonstrating cultural competency in the classroom by serving families of all identities.
Continuing professional growth and personal development through courses, workshops, seminars, Equity Learning Groups (ELGs) and consulting with the Committee on Equity & Inclusion (CEI) when appropriate.
Working collaboratively with the Director of Counseling and other members of SST.
If the need arises, stepping in for the Director of Counseling if absent/unavailable.
To learn more about our community, please visit www.maret.org. Our historic campus is in the heart of Washington, D.C. and offers a unique setting, where students and faculty alike demonstrate a sense of energy, imagination, and entrepreneurial spirit. At Maret, everyone seeks a broader perspective—an expanded understanding of each other, our community, and the larger world. Equity and inclusion are at the heart of all we do. Maret School stands firmly behind the principle that the admission of students, the employment of faculty, the operation of programs, and the governance of the School be open to all who are qualified regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation. We believe that this principle is both firmly grounded in the spirit of American democracy and in keeping with the civil responsibilities of an independent school.
If this description speaks to you and you are interested in working in the DC area, please send a cover letter and resume BY EMAIL ONLY to Lynn Levinson, Assistant Head: Student Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email from individual email accounts as we will not open materials sent from a third party firm or address. Unfortunately, we will not be able to respond personally to every applicant. You will hear from us only if your experience matches our current needs. Thank you so much for your interest.
About Maret School
Maret is a vibrant K-12, coeducational, independent school in Washington, DC and enrolls 650 students. Maret is a mission-driven school that ignites our students' potential and builds community that is equitable and inclusive.