Jatha Johnson, School Counselor

I began working at KCS in 2007 as the district’s the School Counselor.  I earned my B.A. in Psychology (IS minor in Health & Wellness) from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY and earned a M.S. Ed. and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling from SUNY Plattsburgh. While attending SUNY Plattsburgh I worked as an Academic Advisor advising freshman in their residence halls as part of the First -Year Program.  My time at SUNY Plattsburgh provided me with valuable college preparation experience and knowledge to pass along to our high school students and their families.

At KCS, the School Counselor has many roles. I work to ensure the academic, career, and personal/social development of each student through individual and group counseling in grades K-12. Additionally, I serve as:

-AP & NCCC Bridge Program Coordinator

-Testing Coordinator (NYS 3-8 Testing, Regents, Terra Novas)

-IEP/504 Team Member

-Provide special education counseling

-VESID & CV-TEC Liaison

-Provide college, career & financial aid assistance

-Coordinate the scholarship program

-Co-teach Senior Seminar

-Conduct Annual Reviews with students 7-12

-Coordinate the Master Schedule, Report Cards, Transcripts

- 7th, 9th & New Student Orientations

-Assist with crisis planning, grief counseling, & counseling referrals

-Serve on Shared Decision Making, Out of District & Wellness Committees

-Attendance Officer

 My days are busy, but I always enjoy getting to know students and their families, and most of all providing the assistance necessary to ensure student success.  I live in Jay with my husband Andy, newborn daughter Micalli Rae and chocolate lab Rozzi.  In my free time I enjoy gardening, photography, Zumba and participating in a variety of outdoor activities.