Photo courtesy of Elizabeth MooreMonica Roscoe, M.A., Ed.S.
Welcome to the 2023-24 school year, Paxson Panthers!
I am fortunate to be a school counselor at Paxson Elementary. I have eighteen years of experience as a school counselor in the high school, middle school and elementary schools! I have been fortunate to work at Paxson for the last seven years. I strive to help students grow as they move from kindergarten to fifth grades. Paxson teachers, students and parents inspire me to grow, too.
I am part of a mental health team at Paxson. We have a new school psychologist named Amy Burton. Clare Maguire works on Fridays as a school counselor. I have a new student intern from the UM social work program named Ellie McCarty who will be at Paxson on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We will miss Kate Spencer, who has moved to private practice this year. Our mental health team provides Paxson students with support for their academic, personal, social and career needs. Feel free to reach out to me, Clare or Amy for assistance.
A little bit about me. I was born in Iowa on a farm, and moved to Missoula to attend The University of Montana in 1996. I feel lucky to live and work in Montana with my husband and two kids, doing work that I love.
Here is my daily schedule:
8:00-8:25 Morning duty outside with Kindergarten and 4th grade lines near the south entrance of the playground
8:30-10:30 School Counseling lessons in classrooms
10:30-11:00 Groups, individual counseling
11:00-11:45 My lunch break
11:45-3:15 Lunch groups, individual counseling
3:15-4pm Teacher consultation, prep time or building meetings
Currently, Clare and I teach school counseling lessons to all grade levels. We are currently utilizing Kelso's choices with K-1, Zones of Regulation for all grades and PurposeFull /Character Strong people with all grades. We teach school counseling lessons, run small groups, see students individually on a short-term basis, and collaborate with parents, teachers and outside professionals to support the needs of students.
The Zones of Regulation help students identify and regulate emotions. When we are in the green zone, we are good to go, and ready to learn. When we are in the blue zone, we are feeling a little sad, or bored. The yellow zone means that we are feeling a little on edge, anxious or even overly excited. When we are in the red zone, we are very angry and sometimes out of control. We talk about tools that can help us get out of unwanted zones, such as counting to ten, taking a break, or taking deep breaths.
In the fall and spring I hold counseling classes in the Paxson garden. I partner with Garden City Harvest farmers to help kids get involved in the garden, and teach counseling classes in our amazing Paxson garden.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to me!
406-728-2400 ext. email@example.com