Hello Wildcat Family!!!

Mrs. Kristen Leonard ===> 6th grade Counselor

I am a  graduate of Florida State University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  Upon graduation, I began working as an insurance adjuster.  I leaned a lot about insurance, but mostly I learned that in order to be happy in life, you have to do something that brings enjoyment.  For me, that is working with children.  I went back to school and earned my master’s degree in guidance and counseling from University of South Florida.  I guess that makes me a Bull and a Seminole!  I have worked for Pasco County Schools for the past 15 years as an elementary school counselor, most recently at Veterans Elementary.  I am super excited to open this next chapter in my life as a middle school counselor at Weightman!  I look forward to learning new things, meeting new people, and helping students navigate the challenging phase of adolescence.  I look forward to helping students with personal and academic goals, reaching their full potential, and helping them to prepare for high school.

On a personal note, I have four children who bring much joy into my life.  I spend most of my free time with my family attending fun activities such as dance class and soccer games.  We enjoy swimming, riding bikes, and just being together.

I am thrilled to join the Wildcat team this year and look forward to working with the parents, teachers, and students at Weightman Middle!  Please fee free to contact me at kleonard@pasco.k12.fl.us if I can be of any assistance throughout the year. 

 

Mrs. Alana Irving ===> 7th grade Counselor

I am currently in my 14th year as a School Counselor.  Prior to coming to TEWMS, I was at Connerton Elementary for one year, and I was at Wesley Chapel High School (where I had the awesome opportunity to graduate my son) for 10 years.  I earned my Educational Specialist degree in School Counseling from Argosy University while I taught 2nd grade migrant children at Ruskin Elementary for 8 years.  I have my MA degree in Elementary Education, and my BA degree in Sociology with minors in Criminology and Equestrian Science.

I am happily married with 2 children.  I have moved 11 times, originally from Chicago, Illinois.  I have had the opportunity to travel abroad on several occasions— spent 2 months backpacking through South America and 1 month in Europe.  I also enjoy discovering all the beautiful places here in the states through annual road trips.

I love what I do——- and can’t wait to inspire academic, personal/social, and career development with all Weightman Wildcats!

Please feel free to contact me  anytime at 813-794-0233 or abaumruc@pasco.k12.fl.us

 

Ms. Mary Beth Foti ===> 8th grade Counselor

Hello Wildcats! Ms. Foti, your 8th grade School Counselor here.  I’d love to tell you a little bit about myself.  I moved to Florida from Snowtown USA aka Watertown, NY.  I have been working as a School Counselor in Pasco County since my arrival in the beautiful Sunshine state.
I attended college in NY where I obtained an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, a CAS (Certificate of Advanced Study) in Play Therapy, and finally my CAS in School Counseling.  I began my career in counseling as a Mental Health Counselor and Play Therapist.  I moved into school counseling and have experience working in middle and high school as well as alternative education schools.
Fun facts about me…  I’m a single mom with two amazing kids! I’m very passionate about counseling and absolutely love what I do!  It is my desire to connect with your children and help them and your family in any way that I can.
Please feel free to contact me anytime at 813-794-0200 or mbova@pasco.k12.fl.us

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Welcome to the Counselors’ Corner!

Our goal/vision as School Counselors is…….

To be well versed in “whole child” development.  We will plan for learning experiences that take into account personal interests of students and the progression of learning needed to master knowledge and skills needed.  To have a respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.

To help students be able to learn to their potential by helping them problem solve, learn coping strategies pertaining to emotional/social situations that distract them.  I will help students learn from their “failures”, and to see the successes in their “failures”.  Help students in the understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses.

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