• Counselor's Corner


    My name is Paisley Ware and I am the school counselor at Taft Elementary. As an elementary school counselor, my goal is to help all students succeed both academically and interpersonally.

    I am here to help students:


    • Manage feelings (worry, stress, anger, etc.)
    • Work out friendship problems
    • Understand goal setting
    • Improve self-esteem
    • Support positive decision making 
    • Deal with peer pressure and bullying
    • Work well with others
    • Enjoy learning


    Services Provided

    • Whole-Class Instruction (Character Education, Bullying Prevention, Drug/Alcohol Awareness, Strangers, My Body is My Own, Responsibility)
    • Small-Group Counseling (divorce, grief, social skills, anxiety and stress, and study skills)
    • Brief Solution Focused Counseling
    • Parent Consultations
    • Community Resource Referrals

    Please note school counselors do not provide “therapy” or “traditional counseling”. Referrals for outside counseling services are available for children experiencing grief, divorce, family separation, or mental health concerns. 

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    Counseling Classes

    We will have counseling classes where we will emphasize great character and what this looks like in each of us. The Six Pillars of Character Education we will focus on are: Trustworthiness Respect Responsibility Fairness Caring CitizenshipOther units covered throughout the year are: Conflict Resolution Gun Safety Drug Awareness Good Touch / Bad Touch Emergency 911 Bullying Interpersonal Skills …

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    Small Group Counseling

    Students are invited to participate in small group counseling sessions. Children who share a common concern meet together with the counselor to talk and to share activities. If your child will benefit from these groups, please contact me. At times during the year your child may come home with a letter requesting participation in a group. The following groups may be available during our school …

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    Each month we will send home a copy of the

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    Backpack Buddy Program

    We at Taft Elementary value the whole child and their needs. We are very fortunate to provide the Backpack Buddy Program to our students.
    Purpose: Supplemental food provides healthy minds and bodies. Children who rely on free or reduced lunches at school are often hungry on the weekends. Our Backpack Buddy Program discreetly provides child friendly, nonperishable, nutritious food for children in …

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  • Lolita Claire "Lola", Certified Therapy Dog

    Lola and I are a Certified Therapy Team. Lola will be visiting my classroom periodically to assist with classes as well as individual and group sessions.

    Social Benefits: Students build self esteem, confidence, and social skills. Fosters feelings of safety and acceptance. Teachers to give rather than receive. Trusting relationships are formed.
    Research also shows that therapy dogs are …

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