Laura Gourlay

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School Counselor
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As the School Counselor at Great Brook School, I provide students in grades 5-8 with personal, social and educational counseling, both individually and in groups. I assist students as they evaluate their abilities, interests, talents, and personalities to develop realistic academic goals, and help them to understand and deal with social, behavioral, and personal problems. The Great Brook school counseling approach emphasizes preventive and developmental initiatives to enhance students’ growth and to provide them with the skills needed to deal with and resolve problems. I consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, and school administrators to develop and implement strategies to help students succeed.

I have been the School Counselor at Great Brook School for five years. Previous to that, I worked in the business world in the area of corporate conference and meeting planning. I have a B.A. degree in English from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, and a M. Ed. degree in School Counseling from Keene State College. My family and I live in Peterborough. My husband Jonathan is the Communications Manager at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough. We have two sons, Ethan, who attends UMass – Amherst, and is pursuing a degree in Theatre, and Becket, who attends ConVal High School and participates in German Club, drama, student arts publications, alpine skiing and dance. We enjoy hiking, skiing, books and music.

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