Self awareness involves identifying and understanding one’s emotions. But how do you really get kids to do that? Or even adults? In this episode, we speak with Colleen Perry, a guidance counselor at Mary O. Pottenger Elementary School in Springfield Massachusetts. She talks about using informal chats and the power of observation with students—and maybe some chocolate and caffeine with the staff-- to draw people out and help them see things within themselves.
More about Colleen Perry
Colleen has been a City Connects Coordinator for Mary O. Pottenger Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts since 2017. City Connects is a whole child approach, where the coordinator creates a tailored support plan for every student. She earned both her Masters and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Psychology from American International College. Colleen had an eclectic journey to becoming a school counselor. She attended Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and Belmont University (Nashville, TN) for her undergraduate degree in Violin Performance and Music Business. Colleen is a champion fiddler, accomplished orchestra player and fiddle teacher. She chose to take a different career path after she found her passion in working with students. She loves working with all students but specifically students that are at the elementary school level. Colleen believes in helping all students and each child holds a special place in her heart. Colleen is known in her school for her utmost compassion for students. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband, travelling, and new adventures with their dogs, Trigger and Brady.