Counseling Department

 

 

NAMEPOSITIONALPHAEMAIL (@ops.org)PHONE #
Gregor, MaureenDirector of CounselingH, Wmaureen.gregor531-299-7708
Lagana, LauraRecordsG, K, X, Zlaura.lagana531-299-7698
Carlson, SteveCareerRsteven.carlson531-299-7718
Herrera, EmilioSocial Worker emilio.herrera531-299-7705
Pla, JorgeCollegeB, N, Tjorge.pla-redondo531-299-8865
Branson, SilinaCareerD, L, Mc, Usilina.branson531-299-8823
Perez, AntonioCollegeC, E, Qantonio.perez531-299-7682
Tran, ThangCareerI, J, S, Ythang.tran531-299-9043
Synowiecki, MichelleSocial/EmotionalF, O, Pmichelle.synowiecki531-299-7668
Villafuerte, JenniferSecretary jennifer.villafuerte531-299-7665
Green, LaJoyCollegeMlajoy.green531-299-7709
Vidal, RachelleRecordsA, Vrachelle.vidal531-299-7666
Adams, KayletaSchool Psychologist kayleta.adams531-299-7727
Harriet BarnesSecretary harriet.barnes531-299-7722
Melissa HillBilingual Liason melissa.hill531-299-7704

 

The School Counseling Program in the Omaha Public Schools encompasses preschool through twelfth grade.


Vision

 Every Student. Every Day. Prepared for Success.

 Mission  

Omaha Public Schools prepares all students to excel in college, career and life.

Commitment

1. Every student will be assigned a school counselor who will provide the personal support needed to set goals to achieve social competence and academic success.

2. Every student will be empowered to gain the attitude, knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong academic, career, and personal success.

3. Every student will be provided a system of support to address immediate needs and concerns impacting school success.

Focus

School counselors prepare students to excel in college, career and life by instilling hope, increasing school connectedness and empowering students to achieve academic success. (Hope. Connect. Succeed.)

ASCA/NDE School Counseling Standards

Confidentiality
  • Everything that is shared with a counselor is considered to be confidential. In other words, the counselor will not tell anyone what has been discussed without the student's permission unless the student is dangerous to his/her self or to others.  
The Role of the School Counselor
  • Through large and small group presentations, academic, personal/social, and career counselors deliver a couseling curriculum to ALL students related to the four program strands: self and opportunity awareness, social responsibility and awareness, goal setting and decision making, and preparation for transitions. In addition, all the counselors assist individual students who have unique needs, including those who may be experiencing barriers to academic success. Also, every high school has a specialized counselor to assist students with their advanced education plans. 
 Counselor Domains
      • Records Counselor monitors student academic placement and academic progress toward meeting South High graduation requirements.
      • College/Career Counselor assists students in the identification of skills and talents related to classes and possible future employment opportunities.
      • Social/Emotional Counselor interacts with students who need assistance with relationships, conflict resolution, and personal issues related to wellness.
    When Can Students Reach a School Counselor?
    • The Counseling Department is open Monday through Friday from 7:10 AM to 3:45 PM.
    • Students can come to the Counseling Center before school, during study halls, lunch period, and after school. However, in the case of an urgent situation, teachers may choose to send a student to see a counselor during class time. Students should come to the Counseling Center from class or study hall with a pass.
    How Can Parents/Guardians Reach a School Counselor?
    • Parents/Guardians may reach a school counselor by calling the Couseling Office at 531-299-7665 or 531-299-7722 or come directly to the Couseling Office. If parents/guardians have question about a student's schedule, classes, or educational plan, the student's assigned counselor is available to talk with them.

     

     

     

     

     

     To request your official transcript, please contact jeraldine.rodriguezordonez@ops.org or call 531-299-7677.

     Please provide her the following:

    1.  First and Last Name
    2. Graduation Year
    3. Birth Date
    4. Where the transcript can be sent

    Transcripts are not able to  be given directly to the student.

     

     

     

    Michelle Synowiecki 
    Personal/Social Counselor
    Email: Michelle.Synowiecki@ops.org

    Emilio Herrera
    Social Worker
    Email: emilio.herrera@ops.org

    Responsibilities:

    • Classroom Guidance on topics such as stress, decision making, transitions, and communication
    • Provide opportunities for Prejudice Elimination and Inclucity education
    • Teen parent resources
    • Crisis intervention
    • Transition from Middle School to High School
    • Small group opportunities for students dealing with anger, grief and loss, or family members living with illness and disease