Meet the Counseling Team!

Nori Deatherage/Elementary Resource Counselor:
Mrs. Deatherage brings to Northwood a passion for helping children and their families succeed and thrive at home and school. Her counseling style is caring, calm, and genuine, providing a safe and comfortable environment to connect with each and every student. She brings a person-centered and solutions-focused approach, offering individual and small group counseling, crisis assessment/ intervention, mental health consultation and is an on campus resource and link to community support services. She looks to give kids hope and help them make positive changes. Ms. Deatherage is on campus Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Karen Oliver/ Elementary Guidance Paraprofessional:
Mrs. Oliver visits classrooms to teach students about classroom skills for success, emotion management and conflict resolution strategies. She is also available to work with small groups or individuals. She is on campus Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Guidance Assistance

The Elementary Guidance Assistant Program is designed to offer social-emotional learning to students during their school day using an evidence based social-emotional classroom curriculum called Second Step. Second Step is designed to teach children how to understand and manage their emotions, control their reactions, be aware of others’ feelings, and have the skills to problem solve and make responsible decisions. These lessons will increase students learning-readiness and help them to move ahead successfully in school. Guidance Assistants are trained para-professional staff and are assigned at each of IUSD’s K-6 school sites to teach Second Step in the classroom and provide small group workshops for children who would benefit from additional support. Students with parent permission may participate in “TOOLBOX” groups, the small group workshops, which are a series of once-a-week, 30-45 minute small group lessons during the school day. Groups usually last for 10-12 weeks.