Guidance Teacher: Sandra Bateman Bed., Med (Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Supporting Students with Diverse Needs and Exceptionalities)

Guidance Teacher Supports
Guidance Teacher support has a focus on Social Emotional Learning. They can support students with life experiences that impact their ability to perform to their potential.
The goal of guidance teacher support is to promote student well-being and to help develop and support social and emotional skills within students who are not yet using age appropriate skills independently.
Guidance Teacher supports may include but are not limited to:

  • Small group and individual programming for social and emotional regulation skills.
  • In-class support for skills that are being developed.
  • Consultation with school staff and the Teaching Support Team as necessary.
  • Referral to and/or consultation with outside agencies.
  • Behavioural Observations and supports.
  • Check-ins with students who need additional one-on-one adult supports.
  • Support for families in accessing agency supports within the community .
  • Playground support for students who struggle with less structured settings, or are working on building specific social skills.

The key difference between Guidance teacher and Guidance counsellor supports is individual and group counselling. As a Guidance teacher, I am unable to provide counselling. If it is determined by a student’s support team that Individual counselling would be beneficial, then a recommendation will be made for a parent to do a self referral to Mental Health for that support.

For more information, please contact the office at West End Memorial/ Junction Road Elementary.