Kearney Middle School Counseling Program
Counselors, Mrs. Heather Summers(6th), Mrs. Jane Thornton(7th), and Ms. Allisha Damman(8th), strive to support all Kearney students in personal, social and academic growth so that all those who learn at Kearney will leave with the supports, friends and individual skills they need to be successful in high school and in post-secondary life.
Counseling Department Mission Statement
The mission of the Kearney Middle School Counseling Program is to work with staff, parents and community members to guide students through their education in a caring and equitable environment where they experience rigorous coursework, high academic standards and are given every opportunity for success in college, their chosen careers and in their personal lives.
Counseling Department Vision Statement
Kearney Middle School students are energetic learners who consistently meet the high expectations set for them by a loving and supportive staff. Students leave Kearney Middle School and Adams City High School academically and socially ready for college through rigorous coursework and strong interpersonal connections with staff and peers. Through collaboration with other students and with teachers, students move through secondary schooling with rigorous coursework and support from all staff. Students graduate with the option to not only go to college, but to choose which college they attend. KMS students are lifelong learners and productive members of their community, who are constantly recognizing diversity and opportunities to work toward equity in both their education and in their personal lives.
Heather Summers, M.Ed.
I am Heather Summers and I am so excited to join the Kearney family as the 6th grade counselor! I earned my Masters of Education in School Counseling at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and my Bachelors in Psychology at Husson University in Bangor, Maine. This is my first year working in Adams 14, and I am honored to be a part of this school district. My favorite activities outside of work include tubing (on water and snow!), swimming, running, and hiking. I enjoy being outside in any capacity, and love spending time with my incredible husband and our two sweet cats. Feel free to contact me! My phone number is (303) 853-5559, and my email address is email@example.com.
Jane Thornton, M.Ed., N.C.C., L.P.C.C.
Hello, my name is Jane Thornton and I am thrilled to be the 7th Grade counselor here at Kearney Middle School. This year will be my second year as an employee of Adams 14 and my fifteenth year as an educator. I spent my years in the classroom teaching special education in 3rd, 4th & 5th grade, and I received my Masters of Education Degree in School Counseling from Lamar University, Texas in 2013. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, working in my garden, and traveling. I have been married to my sweetheart for 32 years and we have three beautiful children and one mellow cat named Bear (: I feel so fortunate to be able to serve the Adams 14 community and I’m looking forward to working with the wonderful students and their families. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! My phone number is (303) 853-5572 and my email adddress is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allisha Damman, M.Ed., N.C.C., L.P.C.C.
Allisha Damman here! I am excited for my first year in Adams 14 and at Kearney Middle School. I am the 8th grade counselor, and I received my Masters of Education in School Counseling from Indiana State University. I am originally from Portland, Oregon where I received my Bachelors of Education from the University of Oregon (I bleed Green and Yellow). In my “spare time” I really enjoy playing with my puppy Luna, kicking the soccer ball around, hiking, and taking photographs. Please feel free to contact me if I can help you; or your student(s), I am thrilled to be a part of the Adams 14 and Kearney Middle School Community!! My phone number is (303) 853-5511 and my email address is email@example.com.
School Counseling Services:
Small Group Counseling: Groups are offered at various times throughout the year. Students will be given permission slips to be taken home and signed by parents to be involved in small group counseling. Group topics include, but are not limited to: Friendship, Grief and Loss, Anger Management, Divorce and Study Skills.
Responsive Services: For children who are struggling with school, family or their social life, the counseling office is a safe place to go. We are able to meet students on a short term basis in order to help them work through problems so that they can be successful in the classroom.
Classroom Guidance: Utilizing the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) National Model, we strive for a preventative approach to school-wide counseling. Because of this, we develop, and often teach, lessons in classrooms or in whole school settings. Lessons are based around the needs of the school and reference the ASCA standards. Topics may include bullying, positive school climate, advocacy, conflict resolution, college and career readiness, study skills, learning styles and various strategies for success.