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Counseling

The aim of the School Counseling program at Academia Cotopaxi is to promote the personal, social, emotional, career, and academic development of students through a child-centered and developmentally appropriate school wide vision. Students at Academia Cotopaxi will develop skills and knowledge in these areas as well as a global perspective of life, based on appropriate socio-emotional stages of development. The counseling program seeks to foster well-rounded students while concentrating in the  unique needs of an international, national, and transient student population.

The Counseling Program will support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the rights of all members of the school community, help create a welcoming, inclusive school climate and ensure each student’s dignity and culture is embraced (including: race, ethnicity, gender, abilities, sexual orientation, home language, religion, socioeconomic status, etc.). Counselors will address the needs of all students through prevention and intervention programs that are part of a comprehensive school counseling program which abides by International School Counselor Association (ISCA) International Model for School Counseling Programs.

Our vision is that through a collaborative approach with teachers, administrators, staff, and parents our students will become self-aware, ethical, empathetic, confident and productive lifelong learners in our global society.

 

Our Role

  • Proactively act as an advocate for all students
  • Support students’ personal/social development, academic success, foster career readiness, and a global perspective of life.
  • Support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the rights of all members of the school community
  • Help create a welcoming, inclusive school climate and ensure each student’s dignity and culture is embraced (including: race, ethnicity, gender, abilities, sexual orientation, home language, religion, socioeconomic status, etc.)
  • Address the needs of all students through prevention and intervention programs that are part of a comprehensive school counseling program
  • Abide by International School Counselor Association (ISCA) International Model for School Counseling Programs
  • Engage in appropriate ongoing professional development at a specialist and international level.
  • Promote equity and access to opportunities and educational experiences for all students to maximize their post-AC options.
  • Work in partnership with parents, teachers and administrators to support overall student well being.
  • Confidential Documentation of Records

 

Meet the Team

 

Tanya de Durán-Ballén

Tanya has been in education for more than 26 years, 24 of those years have been at Academia Cotopaxi. Prior to coming to our school Tanya graduated with a BA double major: one in Child and Family Development and the other in Psychology. After completing her BA she got her Master's degree in School Psychology. Tanya worked in Charlotte NC as a School Psychologist with children newly born to 21 years old. Her knowledge of developmental appropriateness and best practices in education provides a valuable insight to our board. Tanya considers Academia Cotopaxi her home away from home. Her daughter attended Academia Cotopaxi for many years before going to University where she is beginning her sophomore year. Tanya has dedicated her career to students, teachers, and families.

 

Luann Irigoyen

Luann has been working at Academia Cotopaxi for 30 years,  both as an educator and the past 14 years as a School Counselor.  AC has become her second home. Her 3 children graduated from Academia and now her 3 grandchildren are coming through the ranks. Needless to say, Luann has been able to watch AC grow over the years and is proud to witness the positive change and growth in the school.  Luann is from the United States and has a BS in Education and Master’s Degree in International Counseling.  Luann is also a trained System Family Therapist and has a private practice where she guides families through a therapeutic process.  Luann is passionate about working with children and helping them to  become happy, well adapted and productive members of society.  Her email is luannirigoyen@cotopaxi.k12.ec

 

Aubrey Jordan

Aubrey Jordan arrived in Ecuador in August 2017 to join the AC team as the Middle School Counselor. Aubrey is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist having obtained her Master’s degree in Family Therapy at UMass-Boston. For the past eight years, Aubrey has been counseling children and families in a variety of locations including Duke Medical Center Cancer Clinic, physical & sexual assault centers, and public schools. Her private practice work in Chapel Hill, NC focused on providing individual, family and school-based mental health services for Latino/a adolescents. Here at AC, Aubrey provides counseling to MS students and their families through a personalized approach. With the help of the wonderful MS teachers and faculty, she is able to build and implement a social-emotional learning program designed with the specific needs of Middle School students in mind. Included in this program are the weekly Cougar Time lessons, focusing on areas such as anti-bullying, growth mindset, empathy, etc. As Aubrey is passionate about parent engagement, she is also a member of the PTSA board. You can contact Aubrey at ajordan@cotopaxi.k12.ec or ext. 2225.

 

Delaney Keyes Voeller

Delaney joined AC in 2015 after 10 years of working with children and families in the United States and Mexico. Delaney has a Master's level licensure and certification in both School Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy and she previously worked as a child, adolescent and family mental health psychotherapist. At AC, Delaney is the High School Counselor and provides individual and family counseling on personal, social, and academic concerns. She collaborates with teachers to implement our mentorship (Global Citizenship) program and delivers classroom lessons on topics such as emotional wellness, stress management, effective communication, and college and career development. She also coordinates the Baby, Think it Over and Freedom from Chemical Dependency prevention programs and is a part of the Child Protection Team. Contact her at dkeyes@cotopaxi.k12.ec or at ext. 3001.

 

Lysha Wasser

Lysha joined AC as the College Counselor in 2017.  From 2015-2017, Lysha served as an Administrator, College Counselor, and Teacher at the American International School of Bamako, in Mali, West Africa.  From 2009-2015, Lysha served as an Assistant Principal, Instructional Coach, and Teacher, in McMinnville Public Schools in Oregon.  Previously, from 2004-2009, Lysha served as College Counselor and IB English Teacher at Colegio Americano de Quito.  (link to College Counseling).  Lysha holds an College Counseling Certificate from the University of California Los Angeles and is licensed by the state of Oregon to be a teacher and school administrator.

 

Parent Engagement

Our team is committed to parent involvement and sharing best practices. We offer learning opportunities for parents through parent workshops, conferences, and webinars. You can find the latest Learning Opportunities on our website.

 

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