I am Becky Stoughton your Student Services Coordinator.
I have been an educator for 23 years in elementary classrooms teaching to leading at the district level. Through those 23 years, I have fostered positive, strong relationships with students and families. I support and advocate for every child’s needs. Here at M.A. Lynch, I foster and help students, staff, families, and community partnerships to best serve our school community.
This school year, I will be teaching Social Emotional Lessons (SEL), running small social and friendship groups, focusing on school-wide attendance, running school committees for Positive Behavior Support and Student Support Team. I absolutely love my job!
I am a Pacific Northwest Native, growing up in Sequim, Washington as a 5th generation pioneer. I moved to Central Oregon in 1998 after finishing up my education and first couple years of teaching. I believe in small communities and what they have to offer their children. I went to Peninsula Community College for my Associate of Arts and then on to Western Washington University where I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Arts in Special Education. My Master’s in Teaching and Instructional Administrative Leadership followed in 2006 from the University of Oregon.
In my free time, I play outdoors. I am busy fishing, hiking, camping, coaching, working a hobby farm and spending time with my family and friends. I married an OSU Beaver, James, and we have a Platypus (Duck/Beaver) son, Murray, who attends Tumalo Community School.
I am really looking forward to a new school year and the excitement it brings to work with your student(s).
What does the School Student Services/Counselor do?
As a Student Services/Counselor, my job is to support students academically, emotionally, and socially so that they can succeed in school. I accomplish this through many different tasks:
- Guidance Lessons:
- Every Week, I teach guidance lessons to grades 1 through 5 for approximately 30-40 minutes. The focus of these guidance lessons is social-emotional growth lesson from Redmond School District adopted curriculum.
- Small Groups:
- Occasionally, I hold groups, depending on the needs of the school. Groups could focus on community building, social skills, attendance support, divorce support, and grief.
- Individual Sessions:
- The teachers in our school are very skilled at helping students overcome most problems within the classroom. However, every once in a while a student might need more one-on-one attention to help them solve a problem or accomplish a certain task. I might support students in their classroom or in my office. Individual interventions are usually short term in nature. If a student has long term needs, I can help connect parents to outside agencies for further assistance.
- Student Support Team meetings:
- I help to facilitate an interdisciplinary Student Support Team (made up of the counselor, principal, school psychologist, nurse, teachers, etc.) that pulls together to determine the best interventions for students who are struggling in academics or behaviors.
Here at M.A. Lynch and the Redmond School District, we strive for the following components of support and growth for all the students in our school:
- A comprehensive school Student Service/Counseling program:
- Serves all students
- Includes large and small group counseling
- Incorporates short-term individual counseling
- Works with all stakeholders: parents, teachers, and community
- A Student Services/Counselor is an educator who…
- Advocates for the student at school.
- Works with teachers and parents to provide helpful suggestions and support for children’s needs.
- Provides Classroom Lessons for every class.
- Helps in identifying academic and social/emotional needs of children.
- Helps children understand themselves and others.
- Provides information about community resources that would benefit children.
- Makes referrals to outside agencies.
- Provides parents with resources and information.