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Inclusion is an ongoing process that aims to increase access and engagement in learning for all students by identifying and removing barriers. This can only be successfully achieved in a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, support and problem solving.
-International Baccalaureate Organization, 2010

Counselor's Blog

2021-22 Counseling Team and New Programming

We wanted to take this time to give our new and returning families some details about our counseling department. We would like to start off with an introduction to our ISDenver counseling team!

  • Jennifer Peters is in her first year at ISDenver and is the behaviorist in the ECE. She has a B.S in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood, and a M.A in School Counseling. She is a career educator who has been a homeroom teacher, coach, and school counselor for grades K-8. Prior to returning to Colorado and joining ISDenver, she had the opportunity to work in the international settings of Shanghai, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Egypt. She is excited to return to Denver and be a part of the ISDenver family! Jennifer can be reached at jennifer.peters@isdenver.org
     
  • Nancy Loseke will be returning to our Lower Primary and working with grades 1st-4th. Nancy spent eight of the last ten years teaching at international schools in Peru, Kuwait, Poland, and Mongolia. Besides her counseling background, Nancy also has an extensive background in Special Education, having worked with students from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Nancy enjoys spending time with family and friends, binge watching series on Netflix, and cooking. Nancy is passionate about traveling and looks forward to being able to explore another part of the world in the near future. Nancy can be reached at nancy.loseke@isdenver.org
     
  • Annie Barocas is in her fourth year at ISDenver and is serving as the Director of Counseling as well as the Counselor for grades 5th-8th. Annie’s educational background includes international travel programs for teens, college guidance, and curriculum development for gifted and talented. When not at school, Annie is usually running a race, watching college hockey, or planning her next family vacation. She is currently finishing her certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Studies and looks forward to continuing to incorporate these practices into the counseling curriculum. Annie can be reached at annie.barocas@isdenver.org

As our counseling department grows, we are also bringing in new programming:

  • Many of you in ECE and Lower Primary were fortunate enough to be introduced to Kelso’s Choice. Jennifer and Nancy will continue to bring this great resource into your children’s classrooms this year and help them develop the tools for healthy conflict management.
  • We are also introducing Second Step, a research based elementary counseling program that incorporates International and state counseling competencies.
  • We will continue to incorporate our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) curriculum both through Middle School advisory and grade appropriate lessons with fourth and fifth graders. 

Our last exciting addition will be the start of affinity groups for our students. The hope is to give our students safe places to discuss personal topics. The affinity groups we will start in October include a group for students who joined their family through adoption, a GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) group, and a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)  group. We want to make sure we support every student who is part of our ISDenver community. 

We look forward to the 2021-2022 school year getting to know you all better. If you have questions about the general counseling department, please contact the Director of Counseling, Annie Barocas at annie.barocas@isdenver.org 

More Counselor's Blog Posts

Transitions and Your Children

At this time of year, all of our students are preparing to transition, some as they begin summer break, and others as they prepare to leave ISDenver to go to a brand new school. As human beings, we know that this change is inevitable. So how can we aid our children with these transitions and offer guidance? Our G4-G8 Counselor Annie Barocas offers some ideas and strategies here.

Discussing Asian and Asian-American Discrimination with Your Children

While at times it feels we have come so far, we are again reminded that there is much work to do as we watch the Asian community face a wave of new hate crimes and targeted, violent, and lethal attacks. Our G4-G8 school counselor Annie Barocas share some ideas and resources for talking to your children about recent hate crimes and discrimination against not only the Asian American community, but others as well.

Dealing with Rejection

How do we prepare our children to successfully experience the emotion of rejection and failure when we struggle to take it on ourselves? We must look at how we can raise a resilient child to face rejection and failure and come out stronger because of it. 

Enjoying The Holiday Season with Your Family

The holidays this year will look very different, and trying to explain that to your children isn't easy. Our Counselor Annie Barocas shares some ideas and strategies for this holiday season - and to start talking about what the holidays may look like sooner than later.


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