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Welcome to the Counseling Office!

About the Counseling Office:

 Marla Nichols, Elementary Counselor

Mrs. Nichols comes to Flagstaff Academy with an extensive background in school counseling and behavioral health, with 16 years experience as a school counselor in K-12 public and private schools. She also worked as a School-Based Behavioral Health Specialist in Hawaii. Mrs. Nichols grew up in Ft. Collins and earned her BS in Human Development and Family Studies and later, her Master of Education in School Counseling from Montana State University-Billings. Mrs. Nichols enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and traveling. “I am dedicated to helping students find success in their social/emotional and academic development. I am looking forward to working at Flagstaff Academy.”


Jantrey Meyer, Middle School Counselor 
Mrs. Jantrey Meyer is originally from upstate New York and earned a Bachelor’s degree is Psychology from Marist College. She has a Master's degree in School Counseling from Niagara University. She has been a certified school counselor in Colorado for nine years. Mrs. Meyer is dedicated to assisting all students in achieving academic success, personal and career development, and ensuring that today's students become productive and well-adjusted citizens. Mrs. Meyer enjoys traveling, hiking, going to Rockies and Avalanche games, and spending time with her husband and two young kids. She is excited to be a part of the Flagstaff Academy community and supporting all students pursue their dreams. 

A note on our roles as counselors at Flagstaff Academy:
School counselors do not provide therapy or long-term counseling in schools to address psychological disorders. However, school counselors are prepared to recognize and respond to student mental health crises and needs. School counselors address those barriers to student success by offering education, prevention and crisis and short-term intervention to include group counseling until the student is connected with available community resources. When students require long-term counseling or therapy, school counselors make referrals to appropriate community resources (ASCA, 2012). What school counselors do with their time:

Guidance Curriculum Teach guidance lessons and lead classroom discussions in the areas of academic, career and personal social development.  It is recommended that we spend 35-45% of our time in this area.
Individual Student Planning Work with students one-on-one on an as needed basis in the areas of goal setting, career planning, academic program planning, course selection and the interpretation and application of assessment information to guide academic program planning
Responsive Services Responsive services are usually short-term in nature, and designed to meet students' immediate needs.  They may be provided in a direct format through individual and group counseling, including crisis counseling, or indirectly through consultation, peer facilitation or outside referral. 
System Support This time is to be used for activities that establish, maintain and enhance the total school counseling program.  Because this component doesn't involve direct student interaction, we try to limit it to 10-15% of our time.