• Dilworth Counseling Department


    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Dilworth STEM Academy School Counseling Program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career, and social-emotional development of all students. In partnership with other school educators, parents or guardians, and the community, Dilworth School Counselors facilitate the support system to ensure all students have access to the knowledge and skills to achieve academic success, develop personal and civic responsibility, and achieve career and college readiness.

  • During their transition from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to  practical application in life and work.  Their high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding, and approval.  


    Need to speak with a counselor?


    Students can sign up to see their counselor any time during the school day by filling out the request slip located on your counselors door. Counselors will then send a pass for students to come to their office.  Parents should call or email counselors directly to set up an appointment.

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    Shelby Franklin     sfranklin@washoeschools.net

    Breanna Gianopoulos     bgianopoulos@washoeschools.net

    Elizabeth Hester     ehester@washoeschools.net

  • What is the School Counselor Role?

    School Guidance Curriculum

    • Academic skills support

    • Organizational, study and test-taking skills

    • Education in understanding self and others

    • Coping strategies

    • Learning to work on teams

    • Bullying Prevention

    • Peer relationships and effective social skills

    • Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution

    • Career awareness, exploration and planning

    • Substance abuse education

    • Multicultural/diversity awareness

    Individual Student Planning

    • Parent/Teacher meetings

    • Goal-setting/decision- making

    • Academic planning

    • Career planning

    • Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses

    • Transition to high school planning

    • Signature Academy Applications

    • Summer School enrollment

    Responsive Services

    • Individual and small group counseling

    • Individual/family/school crisis intervention

    • Peer mediation

    • Referrals to Community Agencies