Professor of Counseling and co-coordinator of School Counseling Program

briggsmk@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Kate Collins Middle School, Waynesboro

Your name and proper title

Michele Kielty, Professor of Counseling and co-coordinator of School Counseling Program at JMU

Your PIR school and how long you have served in the program

Kate Collins Middle School, Waynesboro, VA; this is my third year with PIR

Identify opportunities and key initiatives at your school that you want to promote

I am engaged in providing classroom, individual, and group lessons that promote social-emotional wellness. Students who are well-grounded emotionally are better able to focus in the classroom and also can more clearly set and reach personal and academic goals.  I have provided mindfulness lessons to several hundred students. Research indicates that mindfulness practices in schools can promote better focus and concentration and better emotional and behavioral regulation.

Indicate the initiatives at your school that you seek collaboration with JMU staff and faculty

Career Fair and opportunities to research and deliver mindfulness curriculum in ways that support academic and emotional growth 

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