Meet the Counselors

  • School counselors promote and enhance achievement with an annual comprehensive school counseling plan that ensures that every student receives school counseling services. Credentialed school counselors provide comprehensive counseling programs that incorporate prevention and intervention with continuous academic, career, and personal/development activities that will prepare them for meaningful participation in a diverse, changing world. These activities include classroom guidance, small groups for skill mastery, individual counseling for students with specific needs, and a variety of other proactive and innovative ways to support student performance. 

    School counselors implement a program based on the National Standards for School Counseling Programs and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. They also provide resources to staff, students, families, and others to ensure that a family-friendly environment is established and ensure that students have access to a safe school climate necessary for academic and social/emotional growth.

    Parents are always welcome to come in or call 754-323-7750 for assistance or advice.

Message from our Counselors

  • Hello Tropical students and families,

    2023-2024, wow! We are ready for another amazing year here at Tropical Elementary as your school counselors!  We welcome back all of our returning students and can't wait to meet all that will be joining us for the first time this year!

    Our school counseling program will continue to bring the best social/emotional learning experiences and practices to the students and staff daily.  Some services we provide are:

    • Individualized check-ins
    • Small group counseling 
    • Classroom lessons/activities 
    • School-wide initiatives 
    • Monthly Character Education learning and recognition
    We are also available for consultation with parents and guardians with a scheduled appointment. We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns in the areas of:
    • Academic Progress
    • Social/Emotional needs
    • Mental Health specifics/referrals 
    Please contact the counselor for the grade level of your child.
    Mrs. Yvonne Strum- Grades K, 2, 4
    Mrs. Kristyn Tobacco- Grades 1, 3, 5
    We are also fortunate to have an amazing School Social Worker at Tropical, Ms. Diana Ardilla-Gonzalez. Together we provide families in need with a variety of resources.

    School Counselor, SEL Liaison,  RTI Coordinator 
    Child Abuse and Neglect, Foster Care and Homeless Education Designee,
    Tropical Elementary School
    (754) 323-7750


    Yvonne Strum

    School Counselor

    Tropical Elementary School
    (754) 323-7750