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Welcome to the Counseling Office!

About the Counseling Office:

Aubrie Tarantino photo Aubrie Tarantino, Elementary School Counselor

Mrs. Aubrie Tarantino received her undergraduate degree in Business Marketing at Metropolitan State University. After coaching youth soccer, she found a passion for working with adolescents and decided to pursue a Master's in School Counseling at Adams State University. She is very excited to return to Flagstaff Academy as the Elementary School Counselor. Mrs. Tarantino is married and enjoys time with my family, which includes two children. Outside of coaching soccer, she likes to read, craft, and run/hike.




Laura Karnes MS CounselorLaura Karnes, Middle School Counselor 
Ms. Laura Karnes received her M.A. in Counseling with a dual major in both School and Community Counseling from Michigan State University in 2009. She completed her Administrative Leadership program for Principal licensure from Adams State University in 2016. She worked for five years as a school counselor and in leadership at the oldest charter school in Colorado. Charter schools are a major passion of hers as a way to meet the individual needs of students. She is an avid believer and practitioner of restorative practices. Her core belief is keeping student needs at the center of our work, ensuring the development of the whole child and a full synthesis of academic and social development within an ever-changing global community. She is excited and honored to join the Dragon team! 


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.