School Counseling Program
The School Counseling program at Perry Hall Christian School is based on the ASCA National Standards and the Code of Maryland Regulations.
Students will receive academic, social, emotional, and spiritual guidance through small groups, class lessons, and individual counseling sessions. Areas of focus will include academic achievement, college and career preparation, decision making skills, and improving interpersonal relationships, as well as social-emotional awareness. In addition, the school counseling program will nurture the spiritual development of all students with lessons and counseling that are biblically based.
Lower School Program
Mrs. Kadow has been working in the field of education for more than 25 years. After graduating from Lee University, she taught elementary school while completing a master’s degree at Trevecca Nazarene University. She has worked as a school counselor in Georgia before having the opportunity to work at an international school in Hong Kong. Mrs. Kadow served as both a school counselor and the director of Student Services at two international schools. She strives to support students, parents, and staff by developing their social emotional awareness with strategies to improve their relationships with self and others. Mrs. Kadow holds memberships in the American Association of Christian Counselors, the British Psychological Society, and the International School Counseling Association. Being a native of Maryland, Mrs. Kadow is grateful for the opportunity to return home and work in a Christian community.
An important part of the lower school experience is the opportunity for learning about oneself and developing relationships with those around us. Social-emotional learning (SEL) is at the heart of what we do at Perry Hall Christian. Our teachers work collaboratively with the counselor to develop students’ social awareness and skills to enhance their relationships with peers and family.
Upper School Program
Mrs. Eliasson graduated from Liberty University in 2015 with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology: Counseling, Clinical and Research. She is currently a member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the Maryland School Counselor Association (MSCA). Mrs. Eliasson was a teacher for 5 years before beginning her career as a School Counselor, and she is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in School Counseling. Her areas of passion include helping students set realistic and attainable goals, educating students and families about college and career opportunities, and encouraging mental health awareness among students, families, faculty, and staff.
One key to success in middle school is organization. During middle school, we work on executive functioning training to help students develop the skills necessary to succeed academically. This includes decision making skills, planning, organization, and self-awareness. Additionally, middle school is often accompanied by a lot of change, especially emotionally and socially. We strive to meet these social emotional needs of middle school students by supporting them during these transitional years. College and career counseling begin in middle school so that students will become aware of their strengths and weaknesses, as well as their areas of passion.
Our middle school counseling program includes classroom guidance lessons, small groups for social-emotional learning and peer relationships, a peer-mentorship program, individualized counseling sessions, and webinars for parents and guardians.
College and career counseling is the primary focus of our high school program. Students have the opportunity to take standardized tests, learn about careers and college majors, visit colleges, and be guided through aspects of the college application process. We administer college entrance exams, as well as practice exams. Our college and career readiness program is designed to give our students access to the resources they need to plan for life after high school, whether that is college, trade school, military, or the workforce.
In addition to college and career preparedness, our high school program includes classroom guidance lessons, targeted small groups, a peer-mentorship program, individualized counseling sessions, and webinars for parents and guardians.
Below, you will find some helpful links and resources from the counseling office.