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Be sure to get to know your school counselor, your biggest advocate!


School Counseling at Myakka City Elementary School is a comprehensive (available to all students) developmental (age-appropriate) program designed to ensure that today's students become productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. The program is proactive and preventative in nature with a focus on academic achievement, character development, college/career awareness, and the social/emotional growth of all of our students.



Debbie Veldkamp



Hello and thank you for taking the time to browse my website. My name is Debbie Veldkamp and I am privileged to have been selected as the School Counselor at Myakka City Elementary School.  I am a graduate of Florida State University (M.S. Elementary Education), a graduate of Argosy University (M.A. School Counseling K-12), have earned my ESOL endorsement, and am currently certified in ESE.  It has been a pleasure to serve students over the years as a classroom teacher, ESE teacher, ESE Liaison, ESOL coordinator, and School Counselor.  I currently belong to the American School Counseling Association and have recently started classes to become an Anxiety and Stress Management Specialist.  I am also a member of the Florida School Counseling Association and enjoy attending conferences and training's whenever possible.   I have taught in various schools since 1991, taking time off throughout the years to raise my own children; ages 29, 27, 23, 17, and 15.   My husband and I have two adorable grandsons and enjoy spending as much time with family as possible. 

I have a deep love for children of all ages and a passion for helping them grow socially, emotionally, and academically. As the school counselor at Myakka City Elementary, my job is to advocate for children and help them develop the skills they need to solve problems and overcome barriers that may impede their ability to learn.   




In the Classroom

The school counselor provides a program that is developmentally appropriate, available to all students, and is aligned with the ASCA (American School Counseling Association) National Model.  The school counselor is an advocate for all students and partners with stakeholders to promote learning  by helping to remove barriers that may impede a students emotional, social, and/or academic success.

Empowering students with critical thinking skills and allowing them opportunities to discover and inquire helps to promote an atmosphere where knowledgeable, caring young people recognize differences and are therefore motivated to reach their full potential. 




Why School Counselors?

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Boys at School

In order to promote compassionate, caring,  lifelong learners, the school counselor works together with all stakeholders to create an atmosphere in which individuals become responsible and successful members of their community and the world.  The counseling program is driven by data and helps students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become responsible citizens in our ever-changing world.


Why Elementary School Counselors?

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The elementary school years are a time for children to develop the attitude, knowledge, and skills to become healthy, confident, competent, and successful  learners.  They are beginning to develop the social, emotional, and academic skills to become successful citizens and life long learners.


                                                  What Bullying IS

Bullying is behavior that is:

· Repeated

· Intentional

· Deliberate abuse of power



  Bullying can be:

· Physical – hitting, punching

· Verbal- teasing or name-calling

-Social - excluding someone intentionally, telling others not to be friends with someone

                                                What Bullying IS NOT 

 It is important for both parents and students to understand that one act of aggressive behavior IS NOT bullying.  

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Consider putting a Parent-Child Technology Agreement in place


Keep your address, phone number, school and other identifying information private

Remember that ANYTHING you do online can be traced back to you

Think before you type. If you wouldn’t be comfortable with what you are saying being on the front page of the morning paper, you probably don’t want to type it online

Tell your parents and/or other trusted adults if you have problems while online (cyber-bullying, harassment)



Share your password (parents may be the exception)

Send personal information (name, address, phone number, photographs) to strangers

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     personnel trained in understanding the behavior and environments of individuals,can             help them with crises, problems, and growth issues to improve the quality of their lives.


     Centerstone -Free assessment and referral services, and assists with mental and
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     Outpatient Services - 941-782-4150

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system that helps Manatee County families access the services they need to
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with special needs and the professionals who serve them.
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We Care

This agency prequalifies low income citizens to receive specialized
medical care. 
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project that provides information and consultation to individuals diagnosed
with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities. CARD-USF offers
instruction and coaching to families and professionals through a
training and assistance model.

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Legal Aide Manasota 

Free legal services to low income individuals and families in Sarasota and
Manatee counties who cannot afford to pay an attorney.

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Social Emotional Learning

Our Character Program for 2020-2021 is “PurposeFull People” and promotes students  becoming CHARACTER STRONG!


                                   Calendar of Character Traits 2020-2021 

August- Cooperation

September - Responsibility

October - Respect

November - Empathy

December - Gratitude

January - Kindness

February - Perseverance

March -Honesty

April -  Courage

May - Creativity



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