Meet the Counselors

  • Hi, my name is Victoria Olavarria (A.K.A. Ms. O) your new sixth grade School Counselor. I look forward to working with everyone this year! A little bit about me, I was born and raised in the Bronx, a borough of New York and moved to Florida 11 years ago when I graduated with my bachelor’s in education followed by a Graduate degree in Special Education. I have since completed my second Graduate degree in School Counseling.

    My job as a School Counselor is to provide support and guidance for students in the areas of Academics, Social-Emotional Development, and College and Career Readiness. I work with students individually, in small group counseling sessions, and in the classroom. I collaborate with teachers to help support students in all areas. I work with families to offer support and guidance to help students be successful. I look forward to working with everyone to have a successful school year.

     

    Welcome to FGMS

    My name is Ms. LaKia Brandon and I will be serving as your 7th grade Counselor/Director for the 2023-2024 school year. I have been at Forest Glen for the past 6 years. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice  (North Carolina A&T) and a Master's degree in Education- School Counseling (Liberty University).

    This year we will be “GROW-ing” academically, emotionally, and socially! 🌟 

    Parents are encouraged to call or email me with any questions or concerns. 

    Phone: 754-322-3409

    Email: Lakia.Brandon@browardschools.com

    Hi I'm Mr. Auger,
     
    I am so excited for this school year! I have been a school counselor for 20 years now and love my job. This school year, I will be the 8th grade counselor and am looking forward to lots of learning and new adventures.
     
    Email: Patrick.Auger@browardschools.com
    Phone: 754-322-3435
     
     

     

     

     

    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 754-322-3400 for assistance or advice.

  • Inner Space Guided Meditations via Zoom- FREE & LIVE

    Click here for scheduled live sessions

  • FGMS School Counseling Mission and Vision

    Mission of Forest Glen’s School Counseling Program:
    The mission of the FGMS comprehensive school counseling program is to provide developmentally appropriate services addressing the academic, career, and social-emotional needs of all students while providing support to families in partnership with communities. 
    Vision:
    Empowering students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become caring, productive members of society

  • Inner Explorer - Social Emotional Learning Resource

    Inner Explorer - Free App

    Please see the link below to check out the free Inner Explorer App. This is an excellent resource to help students, families, and staff to reduce stress, improve learning, and foster resiliency.

    https://innerexplorer.org/compass/broward_onboarding

    The Inner Explorer program is a series of daily 5-10 minute audio-guided mindfulness practices. The program focuses on key areas of development, bringing mindfulness to education and helping students prepare for learning. Daily practice teaches kids the practical techniques to appropriately handle difficult emotions such as stress, anxiety, anger and more. Inner Explorer offers programs for all age-groups (PreK-12) that help students with the following themes:

    •  Discovering Breathing and Relaxation Exercises
    •  Learning Awareness of Senses
    •  Using Thought and Emotional Regulation
    •  Developing Compassion and Connection
    •  Promoting Social Emotional Learning

  • Free Virtual Grief Support Groups - Children's Bereavement Center

    Free Virtual Grief Support Groups Now Available with Children's Bereavement Center

    In the face of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Children's Bereavement Center (CBC) will continue to serve South Florida as a grief resource for children, teens, and adults.  Their in-person groups are temporarily suspended. However, they now have online support options.

    CBC is currently offering FREE VIRTUAL grief peer support groups for:

    - Middle School Youth

    - High School Teens

    - Adults (English)

    - Adults (Spanish)

    We are also working with our art and music specialists to create activities that our elementary-aged participants can complete at home with their parents or caregivers. If you or someone you know needs support after the loss of a loved one:

    PLEASE CALL 888-988-5438 TO REGISTER FOR OUR FREE VIRTUAL GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS