Counseling Corner

Mandalay Counseling Corner

Mandalay Counseling Information

Meet the Counselors

Tricia Tersigni is the eighth grade counselor for the 2017/2018 school year. She is in her office on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Hello Mandalay! I am so excited to be working with you here at this amazing school. I have served as a Middle School Counselor in Jeffco for 20 years, and this is my second year at Mandalay Middle. I look forward to connecting with this community and supporting the kids throughout their time here. Middle school is such a wonderful time, but it can also present challenges. My hope is to help make it great! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child's experience here 303-982-0484.

Ron Ehnes is the Counselor Corps transition counselor and will be working with 8th graders  to prepare them to go Standley Lake next year. Mr. Ehnes is excited to work with students around going to high school! He is available Mon-Fri.

This is Ron's third year in the Standley Lake articulation area. His philosophy is you have to have a strong foundation in middle school in order to be successful in high school. Middle school matters! Contact him at 303-982-9771.
Marisa Marinac is the seventh grade counselor this year. She has been counseling for fourteen years. Marisa was given the New Counselor of the Year award for Jeffco in 2002 and Technology Counselor of the Year in 2012. She will be in her office Mon-Thurs.

Before becoming a counselor, Ms. Marinac worked as a software tester and was also a stay-at-home mom for ten years. She loves working with students this age because of their creativity and enthusiasm. Call her at 303-982-9802 with any concerns.


Social Emotional Learning Links

Parenting is a marathon...not a 50-yard dash! Those who start the journey as sprinters quickly run out of energy, get frustrated, and view parenting as painful. "Marathon parents" know how to pick their battles. Because they know that parenting is a life-long task, they ask the following questions when they deal with misbehavior:

• Is this behavior dangerous in any way?
• If my child continued to do this for his entire life, would it really be a problem?
• Is this behavior a chronic problem?
• Is this a battle I can win right now without first getting support or ideas from others?

If the answer to these questions is "No," wise parents give themselves permission to rest, relax and reflect. By doing so, they preserve the energy needed to address problems with definite "Yes" answers.

Love & Logic Institute

Mandalay Counseling Vision Statement

Students at Mandalay Middle School are high achieving learners who embrace their learning with enthusiasm and rigor. They leave Mandalay ready for high school and having researched possible careers, are on track for either college or vocational training. All students at Mandalay will participate in the comprehensive guidance program that includes academics/social-emotional growth/ and career exploration. This involves partnerships between the school, community and parents. We strive to always do what is best for students.

ASCA Mission Statement

Our mission is to successfully prepare every student for high school and beyond by delivering an effective comprehensive school guidance program in a safe and positive learning environment. As school counselors, we are professional and skilled advocates who employ best practices in providing support and resources to maximize student potential, academic achievement, and post secondary success. The comprehensive school guidance program we deliver allows students to explore and develop competencies in three domains: academic, career, and personal/social. We collaboratively work with teachers, administrators, parents, and the community to ensure that all students have the opportunity to develop these competencies and experience success.

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