Dear Parents:

Welcome back to St. Joseph Catholic School for the 2014-2015 school year. We have so much to look forward to this year in the Guidance Department!

At St. Joseph, Guidance is a school wide program whose services are used by all children. I will be visiting the classrooms on a regular basis and doing guidance related activities. These activities are designed to promote academic and social/emotional awareness and skills.

Small group guidance will be provided for students as needed. These group sessions will include such topics as being responsible, friendship skills, and building self-esteem, improving social skills and enhancing study skills.

Individual guidance will be provided when students have the desire to express their concerns in private. Teachers, as well as parents may refer individual students for counseling. Please feel free to call and speak with me if you have a particular concern. I will be on campus every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Once again, I am looking forward to working with your child(ren) at St. Joseph. If you have any questions regarding guidance services or have any specific concerns, please feel free to call. May God bless all of your efforts on behalf of your child(ren)!

All the best,

Julie J. McKean, LMHC
School Counselor

Julie McKean is the Guidance Counselor for Saint Joseph Catholic School, A Notre Dame ACE Academy in Tampa, Florida.  She has her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA and her Masters degree in Guidance & Counseling from the University of South Florida.  She is certified in Guidance & Counseling (PK – 12).  Mrs. McKean has been teaching for 22 years and loves helping children succeed academically, socially and emotionally.

She states, "It is particularly rewarding to work with a student who is struggling academically or behaviorally and as a team, parent, teacher and counselor put together a plan that enables the student to meet with success."