Meet Mrs. Polonsky

Hello! My name is Kimberly Polonsky. I joined the staff at Twin Valley Elementary Center at the start of the 2015-2016 school year. I had previously worked in the Marple Newtown School   District as a School Counselor for eight years. I graduated from Temple University with my Master's degree is Social Work. I then attended Rosemont College to obtain my Elementary School Counseling certification. I began my career working in the child welfare and mental health fields. I currently teach at Delaware County Community College as an adjunct teacher. I also am a consultant for The Virtual School Counseling Network. I am married with two children. 


What does a School Counselor Do?

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Elementary School Counselors Implement the School Counseling Program by providing:

School Guidance Curriculum

  • Academic support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Goal setting and decision-making
  • Career awareness, exploration and planning
  • Education on understanding self and others
  • Peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Substance abuse education
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness
  • Individual student planning
Academic planning
  • Goal setting/decision-making
  • Education on understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Transition plans
Responsive Services
  • Individual and small-group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Conflict resolution
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals
System Support
  • Professional development
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
  • Program management and operation
Elementary School Counselors Collaborate with:
Parents
Parent education 
Communication/networking 
Academic planning 
College/career awareness programs 
One-on-one parent conferencing 
Interpretation of assessment results

Teachers
Classroom guidance activities 
Academic support, including learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically 
Classroom speakers 
At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success

Administrators
School climate 
Behavioral management plans 
Schoolwide needs assessments 
Student data and results 
Student assistance team building

Students
Peer education 
Peer support 
Academic support 
School climate 
Leadership development
Community
Job shadowing, service learning 
Crisis interventions 
Referrals 
Parenting classes 
Support groups 
Career education


Why Elementary School Counselors?
Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, school counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success. The elementary school counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness.

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Mrs. Polonsky, School Counselor
Email Me
610-286-8675