I'm Lynn Bentley and I am the school counselor at Forbush Elementary and Fall Creek Elementary.
What does an elementary school counselor do?
I work with students to support social, emotional, academic and career development.
I teach classroom guidance lessons to all grade levels throughout the year. Guidance lessons are designed to follow the NC Department of Public Instruction guidance curriculum. Lessons promote cognitive and emotional development, positive interpersonal relationships, conflict management, development of academic skills and goals, teamwork, problem-solving and career exploration.
I work with students individually or in small groups. Students may be referred by teachers or parents, or they may self-refer. Types of concerns will vary with each individual student. Concerns may include academic issues, peer or family relationships or managing behavior or emotions such as anger, grief or stress.
At Forbush Elementary, I serve as coordinator for the School-wide Assistance Team, where teachers bring concerns about struggling students and interventions are developed. I also coordinate section 504 services for students who qualify.
I provide consultation and collaborate with faculty and parents to assist with students' needs. I work with community helpers to provide resources for students and their families.
I am at Fall Creek Elementary on Mondays and Tuesdays. I am at Forbush Elementary on Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays, I alternate between each school.
About Mrs. Bentley
I received my undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill...a long time ago. (Go Heels!!!)
I earned a masters degree in school counseling from Western Carolina University in 1994.
My husband and I have a genius dog named Chip. We adopted him from a shelter and he is the best dog in the world! I enjoy the beach and the mountains and like to visit new places. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and I like to paint!