About the Student Assistance Coordinator
Ms. Colte joined Sparta High School’s guidance department in November 2011, where she served as a guidance counselor. The 2017-2018 school year will be Ms. Colte’s third year as the student assistance coordinator. Ms. Colte holds a BA in History and Education, a MS in Education Counseling, a MA in Educational Leadership, and a Substance Awareness Coordinator Certificate. Ms. Colte currently serves as the chair of SHS’s school climate committee, and the class of 2018 advisor. Ms. Colte’s office is located at the end of the hall in SHS’s guidance suite. Her door is always open!
What is Student Assistance Counseling?
Student Assistance Counseling is a process where you can meet with the SAC and discuss any problem that you are dealing with. A variety of topics can be explored such as:
- Cutting and self-mutilation
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Eating disorders
- Family Problems
- Relationship Issues (friends, dating, etc.)
- School-related problems
- Any other issues
The student and the SAC can explore issues and work together to develop healthy and effective coping strategies. Student can come down and request to meet with the SAC at any time. Please let the secretaries in the guidance office know that you would like to meet with Ms. Colte. You can expect that what you talk about with the SAC remains confidential. Unless you are being abused, or there is immediate danger to yourself or others, what you talk about with the SAC stays private.
I consider myself to be a solution focused and student-centered educator who truly believes “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” I believe in utilizing restorative practices to develop the whole-child, as well as connecting stakeholders to create a positive school climate. I believe that when students are empowered to make their own choices, amazing things can happen. My goal is to assist students by involving their parents, educators, and outside stakeholders. I am here to provide the support necessary for students and families to achieve success.
Role of Student Assistance Coordinator
In the role of Student Assistance Coordinator, the areas that I facilitate include:
- Coordination of speakers and assemblies
- Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) investigations
- Individual and Group Counseling
- Intervention and Referral
- Leadership Programs
- Prevention Resources and Activities