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    The School Counselor at McDonald International works to support all students and provide for them the academic and life skills that will prepare them for successful interpersonal relationships with peers, teachers, and in society.

    The School Counselor provides support for the academic, social/emotional, and career development of all students. This is done through collaboration with educators, families, and the community in order to maximize every student's potential. 

    Basic Services:

    • Classroom Guidance Lessons: at every grade level focusing on skill development, communication, problem solving, bullying, friendship, emotion management, and so much more. 
    • Small Group Counseling: to expand, enrich, and reinforce specific skills in areas such as social skills, emotion management, family changes support, and school success. 
    • Individual Counseling (Short-Term): to address specific needs of individual students who may need additional support.

    Additional Services:

    • Academic Problem Solving
    • Connecting Families to Community and Mental Health Resources
    • Collaborating with Teachers
    • Collaborating with Families
    • Assisting with School Transitions
    How to Access Services:

    Anyone can access or request services for a student if concerns arise. Those who typically refer students to the counselor are:

    • Families
    • Teachers
    • Administrators
    • Specialists
    • Students (self-refer)

    How? Simply call or email with your concern.

    Check out updates about our counseling program in the Counselor Corner Newsletter!
    School Counselor Newsletter


    Keri Kochvar, MEd, NCC
    144 NE 54th St 
    Seattle, WA 98105
    Phone: 206-252-2908

    Why might families contact the counselor?

    There are many common challenges that students experience as they make their way through elementary school. Our counseling program aims to assist with these issues and to alleviate the struggle that kids undergo. The following are some reasons families might contact the counselor:

    • Difficulty making friends
    • Academic concerns
    • Family changes (moving, death, divorce, etc.)
    • Home stress
    • Bullying
    • Resources or referrals to community agencies
    • To discuss special needs for your child
    • If you are homeless
    • Crisis
    • Behavior concerns

    Emergency Contacts:

    If you are in need of help and it is after school hours, please use the following resources

    Crisis Line: (206) 461-3222

    Child Protective/Family Reconciliation Services:

    Day: 1-800-609-8764

    Night: 1-800-562-5624

    Other Types of Assistance Such as Food, Shelter, Clothing, and Healthcare:

    Dial: 211 or (206) 461-3200

    Police Department Emergency: Dial 911