A farewell letter from Jessica Kwerel - our School Counselor - as she prepares to leave Aidan at the end of the school year.
Aidan's Student Support team is here to counsel, tutor, and create strategies to handle challenges for our students and their families.
The team has two components:
The Counseling Office
The Counseling program at Aidan Montessori is designed to teach and promote school-wide emotional intelligence and to provide support towards the social/emotional growth and needs of students and families.
The Counselor at Aidan helps students and families to gain insight and develop strategies around conflict resolution, managing friendship dynamics, and understanding feelings. The tools we use to achieve this include short term counseling to students, running parent education workshops and programs, and providing classroom observations.
In addition to supplementing the Grace and Courtesy lessons students receive from classroom teachers, the school counseling program utilizes social/emotional tools and programs such as RULER, Connected and Respected, and MindUp to help facilitate the work of the school counselor.
The Learning Support Office
The Learning Support program at Aidan Montessori is designed to teach and promote one-on-one and small group differentiated learning when appropriate. The program also communicates to the student various ways to understand education.
The Learning Support Specialist helps students and families to gain insight and develop strategies concerning learning difficulties and to provide enrichment for accelerated learners. We use an array of approaches and tools to identify student needs and to generate and implement effective plans for student learning and well-being.
The Learning Support Specialist works with faculty and families to understand each student’s needs, to identify community resources (and make referrals if necessary), to read and translate test results, and to suggest strategies for student success.
Have you and your student hit a wall with online learning? Aidan's new Student Support Specialist Olivia Bartley shares some tips for how to support your student's online learning.
Literacy Specialist Emily Navarro sounds out on phonemic awareness and shares some ideas for creative ways to improve reading and vocabulary skills at home.
Aidan is pleased to welcome Olivia Bartley as our new Learning Support Specialist. She will be taking over for Mr. Hurwitz and providing assistance in math, reading, language, and executive functioning support for half of the students who need additional assistance alongside Ms. Navarro. Coming from a small town in western Pennsylvania, Olivia always cherished trips outside of her town to new countries and cities, including Washington, DC. She embraced this love for new experiences when she joined the Peace Corps as a English Education Facilitator in Togo, West Africa. Since being evacuated due to the pandemic, she has missed being in the classroom with her kids and is thrilled to be meeting her new students at Aidan. In addition to her time as Education Facilitator with the Peace Corps, Olivia has also worked as an assistant teacher and an aftercare teacher for students with special needs.
In her free time, Olivia loves to belt out to musicals, work on the daily sudoku, and cheer on her Pittsburgh Steelers.
Before joining the Aidan faculty, Emily worked in student engagement at 826 Boston, a youth writing center, and served as a middle and high school English teacher. In 2019 she earned an AMI Foundations certificate in Zurich, Switzerland, and previously spent a summer at Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English.
Outside of Aidan, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new places--especially while hiking or biking.