School Counselors

The Salida School District employs a team of professionals to support our students as they grow and learn. 

School Counselors

School Counselors hold a minimum of a Master's Degree and are licensed Special Service Providers through the Colorado Department of Education. Consistent with the American School Counselor Association's National Model, our school counselors define, deliver, manage and assess our school counseling programs to improve outcomes for all students in each of our buildings.

They provide both direct and indirect services to students. Direct services may include activities such as individual counseling or instruction, and indirect service examples include consultation, collaboration, or referrals. They work with teachers, school leaders, families and community partners to support the School District mission.

Learn more and connect with school counselors at each of our campuses:
Salida High School
Salida Middle School
Longfellow Elementary School
Salida Early Childhood Center
Horizons Exploratory Academy
The Crest Academy

School Psychologists

Salida Schools currently has 2 full-time and one part-time school psychologists serving the district.
  • Use ability tests to determine how children process information, and they also provide formal and informal evaluations of how children's emotions and behaviors might affect their school performance.
  • Evaluate child development and adaptive behavior.
  • Conduct behavioral assessments and assist in the development of behavior plans for children with behavior problems.
  • Consult with other professional staff, parents and school administration.
Salida's school psychologists also facilitates counseling with children who have been placed in many of the district's special programs, and provides short-term individual counseling, crisis counseling and intervention when needed.

Please reach out to Jessica Bena, Salida District School Psychologist- [email protected] with any questions. Or, click here to learn more about who school psychologists are and how they serve our students and community. 
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