Middle School Counseling – Kara Krull, School Counseling Coordinator
The middle school counselor provides counseling services for all students in grades 7 through 9 and works with the 6th grades as of 2nd semester with emphasis on transition to the high school. She works with homeroom teachers to provide information on such topics as study skills and organization, communication and conflict management, decision-making and goal setting, and stress management. The counselor works with individuals on a variety of personal-social/emotional and academic issues and may facilitate small groups as needs arise. She coordinates New Student Orientation in August, trains and facilitates Student Ambassadors, Peer Mediation and Peer Helpers in the HS with support from other colleagues.
High School and College Counseling – Teresa Gebhardt
The High School Counselor provides counseling services for all students in grades 10-12. She oversees course selection and scheduling for the High School Diploma Program, the college planning/application/entrance process for Diploma (to all colleges and universities) and Abitur students (to colleges and universities outside of Germany), the Advanced Placement Program, NCAA for prospective college athletes, and standardized testing. The counselor works with individuals on such topics as decision-making, personal statements, stress management and a wide range of personal and social issues. The high school counselor works closely with the Oberstufen Coordinators on matters relating to scheduling and post-secondary education.
School Counseling Support Staff
The Registrar – Alaina Mack
The registrar, located in Haus Reil, is primarily responsible for evaluating each high school student’s credit totals to determine eligibility for obtaining the US High School Diploma. Every student from grade 9 to grade 12 has a ‘transcript’, an American document on which all grades are printed and assigned both credits as well as quality points. When these credits and quality points are calculated, each student earns a Grade Point Average (GPA). The GPA is cumulative so that the final GPA at the end of 12th grade reflects the student’s entire high school career. Parents and students are welcome to come and look at individual transcripts (the registrar’s hours are usually Mon-Fri. 8-13:00).
Additionally, the registrar assists the high school counselor with university applications, evaluates new (potential) students applying to JFKS for admission, updates files, and helps plan graduation.
Pedagogical assistant – Barbara Lopocz
The pedagogical assistant (fluent in German and English) guides and supports students in their academic and social development in her office, where she is available to students on a walk-in basis. She leads an open group Monday-Friday during the lunch hour, where students may come to share topics that are important to them. Ms Lopocz supervises a homework help group at 15:00 four times per week, and facilitates tutoring and organizational support as necessary. Her training and experience also includes pedagogical counseling for parents, who are welcome to contact her with concerns. She supports the counselors as liaison between school and outside institutions that offer therapy and other services, including state support for class trips and tutoring for families in possession of a Berlinpass (unemployment/Harz IV). Ms Lopocz, in cooperation with subject teachers, oversees accommodation testing for students with learning disabilities.
Learning Support Teacher – Andrea Rathke
The Learning Support Teacher works with High School students (7-12th graders) who require support in any number of areas. Key fields of assistance include organization, time-management, writing and communication skills, and various learning strategies. The teacher works closely with the Middle School and High School Counselor in order to effectively offer support where needed. Counselors may recommended students see Ms. Mack on a regular basis. Located in B222, the classroom provides a place for students to work, discuss, improve, utilize helpful equipment, and attend one-on-one support sessions.
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