Elementary Counseling Program:

Our school counseling and guidance program is part of a total school program and compliments the learning in the classroom.  It is child-centered, preventative and developmental.  Our counseling and guidance program encourages students' social, emotional and personal growth.  The counselors work diligently with students in individual and group counseling sessions.  These discussions include such topics as self-understanding, getting acquainted in a new school, dealing with divorce or separation, friendship, academics, social issues and other relevant topics.  We also consult with parents, teachers, and other professionals to help students maximize to their fullest potential.

There are two elementary guidance counselors that service all three elementary buildings.  The counselors work on a 6-day rotating schedule between the buildings.  The schedules are as follows:

Mr. Gates:
Day 1 & 4 - H.W. Good
Day 2 & 5 - Mendon
Day 3 & 6  - West Newton

Mrs. Andres:
Day 1 & 4 - Mendon
Day 2 & 5 - West Newton
Day 3 & 6 - H.W. Good




Mr. Dennis Gates

Mrs. Kelsey Andres

Mrs. Andres 
Professional School Counselor
HW - Days 3 & 6

I am in my 7th year as a school counselor. I majored in psychology at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown where I played on the women's soccer team. (Go Pitt!) I attended CalU for my master's degree in school counseling then worked in West Virginia and Uniontown Area School District before coming to Yough. In my spare time, I love watching Pittsburgh sports and staying active. My husband and I play in a co-ed softball league together on Sundays. I always have music playing so you may hear it when you come to the counseling office. I am SO excited to start my journey with Yough and can't wait to get to know you all!

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