Degrees and Certifications:
M.A., LPSC, NCC
Meet our School Counselor
Madison Levan has been with MES since the start of the 2021-2022 school year. She is originally from Waxhaw and received her undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University, and her master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This is her 4th year as a school counselor at the elementary school level. Some fun facts about Ms. Levan are: 1) her dad works in the cafeteria at Marvin, 2) she was a cup stacking state champion, and 3) her favorite animal is a cow. Miss. Levan is committed to advocating for students and supporting our families here at Marvin Elementary School.
School Counseling Mission Statement
The mission of the Marvin Elementary School (MES) Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students in a safe and nurturing environment. The counseling department is committed to partnering with stakeholders to provide evidence-based supports to empower student growth and build skills for life-long learning.
Our School Counseling Program
Miss Levan has developed a comprehensive school counseling program at Marvin Elementary School. Services to the school include:
- Development and management of a comprehensive school counseling program
- Whole class lessons (character education), small group, and individual counseling
- Consulting with parents, teachers, administration, and other stakeholders within the MES community
- Other responsibilities: 504 coordinator, McKinney-Vento and Foster Case Liaison, Terrific Kids, Kids Helping Kids coordinator
Individual Counseling & Group Counseling Services
School counseling is a short-term, problem-solving oriented resource available to students at MES. It is usually recommended for a student to improve a specific behavior, effective communication skills, conflict resolution, interpersonal relationships, decision making skills, anger management, or other issues that are impacting a student’s performance in school. Referrals for small group or brief individual counseling check-ins can be made by students, teachers, parents or administrators.
Some group counseling areas of focus may include:
- Bullying awareness
- Anger management
- Friendship & social skills
- Self-esteem & confidence
*Parent consent is always obtained before a child may participate in a group.
School Counselors work with students through classroom counselor lessons. Topics that may be covered include: bullying awareness, personal safety, respecting differences, conflict resolution, friendship/teamwork building, empathy, etc.
Terrific Kids Program
Marvin Elementary participates in the Terrific Kids program sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Union County. Terrific Kids is a student-recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem, and perseverance. At our school, all PreK-5th grade classroom teachers will select four Terrific Kids per year that exemplify the Terrific Kid character traits. These students are selected by going above and beyond to show one or more of these traits on a regular basis. We honor our Terrific Kids and their families by having a special breakfast recognition ceremony. Information regarding our Terrific Kid committee (open to 4th and 5th graders) can be found on my website.
Kids Helping Kids Mentoring Program
The Kids Helping Kids mentoring program is a perfect opportunity for our 5th grade students to demonstrate the leadership skills required of our Mustangs and give back to our school community by helping our special areas teachers. Students selected to serve within this program assist in one special area per week for a 9-week requirement to assist with kindergarten students. Responsibilities of a Kids Helping Kids leader at Marvin Elementary School include, but is not limited to: 1) assisting students, 2) helping teachers set-up materials, 3) distributing materials, 4) cleaning up, and 5) assisting teacher with walking students back to the classroom.
Parenting & Emotions: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/emotions/
Character Development: https://www.goodcharacter.com/
Sleep Concerns: https://childmind.org/article/how-to-help-kids-sleep/
School counselors recognize their primary obligation for confidentiality is to the student but balance that obligation with an understanding of the family or guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives (ASCA Code of Ethics).
The role of the school counselor in regards to confidentiality is:
- To support the students right to privacy and protect confidential information received from students, the family, guardian and staff members
- To explain the meaning and limits of confidentiality to students in developmentally appropriate terms
- To provide appropriate disclosure and informed consent regarding the counseling relationship and confidentiality
- To inform students and the family of the limits to confidentiality when: Student poses a danger to self or others, Court ordered disclosure, Consultation with other professionals in support of the student i.e. colleagues, supervisors, treatment teams, and other support personnel
- To keep personal notes separate from educational records and not disclose their contents except when privacy exceptions exist
- To seek guidance from supervisors and appropriate legal advice when their records are subpoenaed
- To assert their belief that information shared by students is “confidential” and should not be revealed without the student’s consent
- To adhere to all laws protecting student records, health information, and special services (i.e., HIPAA, FERPA, IDEA)