Meet Nea's Lower Village School Counselor
Cameron Kauzer (Mr. Cam) earned his master's degree from St. Mary's College of California, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Lasallian Counselor's Award from the St. Mary's School of Education.
While fulfilling his counseling internship at Nea, Mr. Cam got to know the school's culture and families well. Before becoming a counselor, he spent two years working as a paraprofessional, gaining valuable experience with classroom learning and special education. He values Nea's small, multicultural, community environment.
Nea's Lower Village School Counseling Program
The Lower Village Counseling Program aims to support each learner's social, emotional, and academic development through a combination of classroom presentations, small group counseling, and individual interventions during their elementary years.
Classroom Guidance Lessons
Throughout the school year, all learners have access to counseling curriculum through classroom guidance lessons. A communication will always be sent home to let you know when the counselor has visited your child's classroom. This communication will include information about what was learned along with some follow-up steps that may be helpful at home.
Learners at all grade levels get a welcome lesson from the Lower Village Counselor in the first weeks of school, an inclusion (anti-bullying) lesson, and an age appropriate career and college readiness lesson.
Facilitators may also request additional lessons based on a classroom's specific needs. Some topics may include:
- Joking versus teasing
- Respecting each other as learners
- Respecting differences
- How to join in and play
Small Group Counseling
Learners qualify for small group counseling based on need, referral, and parental permission. These small groups of 4-8 learners are designed to build skills that learners need to be successful in the classroom and beyond. Typically, a group meets once a week for 30 minutes and runs for 6-8 weeks. Most groups focus on building confidence, self-esteem, and friendship skills. Additional topics may include grief, family changes, social skills, and managing emotions.
All learners have access to the Lower Village Counselor during his on-site hours. While facilitators and school leaders usually make referrals, parents are also welcome to refer their learners. If you would like to refer your child to counseling, please print and complete the referral form below. Forms should be submitted to the Nea Office or to your child's facilitator.
Click here to download the Counseling Permission Slip
Please keep in mind that a group setting is not appropriate for every learner or every concern. A referral to the counselor is not a guarantee of placement in a group.