Counseling Mission Statement

  • The mission of Witch Hazel Elementary School’s school counseling department is to advocate for all learners through creating an equitable and accessible school environment by collaborating with stakeholders to remove barriers.  Through participation in the data-driven school counseling program, all students--regardless of their race, ethnicity, ability, gender, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation--will develop long-term self-directed, realistic, and responsible decision-making skills, as well as grow consistent attitudes and behaviors that will help them to achieve their future goals.

Counseling Vision Statement

  • All students from Witch Hazel Elementary School possess the academic skills to be lifelong learners, the social-emotional skills to be global leaders, and are excited to enter into careers that contribute to their community.   They realize their value and worth, appreciate diversity, can make self-directed and responsible decisions, effectively display empathy, and are resilient through long and short-term challenges.

Counselor Belief Statements

  • At Witch Hazel Elementary School, the School Counselor believes:

    • All students have dignity and worth.
    • All students have the right to access a school counselor.
    • The school counselor is an advocate for all students.
    • All students are individuals that learn at their own pace.
    • All students can learn to be resilient in the face of challenges.
    • All students can become productive members of society.
    • All students can achieve academic, career, and social/emotional success when given appropriate and timely support and interventions.
    • All students deserve to be members of a school community that is culturally compassionate and responsive.
    • Data should be used to design, implement, evaluate, and continuously improve the school counseling program.
    • School counselors serve as leaders and collaborators in assessing barriers to academic success.
    • School counselors collaborate with families, stakeholders, and community resources to meet the students’ needs.
    • School counselors abide by the ASCA’s Ethical Standards for School Counselors.


  • Mrs. G

    Ronda Gatewood

    Licensed School Counselor

    Witch Hazel Elementary School

    503-844-1610 x4231


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