My name is Christiane Goans and I am the School Counselor for our California Elementary students in grades 3-5. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from the University of Central Missouri and completed the requirements for certification in elementary education, intellectual disabilities, and behavioral disorders. After completing college I taught students who received special education services in Versailles, Missouri for two years. Then I was hired at California Elementary and enjoyed the next six years teaching third graders. During these years I enrolled as a part time student at the University of Missouri to pursue a Master of Education Degree in educational, school and counseling psychology with an emphasis and certification in school counseling. This is my 24th year in the field of education and I'm happy that 22 of those years have been at California Elementary. I'm excited to be starting my 16th year as a school counselor. I love interacting with our students and feel developing a strong relationship with them is extremely important. My days are never the same and are always full of hugs, high-fives, and sweet smiles from the students. Just like the classroom teachers, the counselors have grade level expectations (GLE’s) that we need to ensure the students master. These concepts are primarily taught during our Skills for Growing classes which take place once a month. We focus on Career Development (importance of working toward a career in an area of interest that uses your strengths), Academic Development (how to be the best student you can be in school), Personal Development (making safe and healthy choices), and Social Development (getting along with others). In addition to the monthly Skills for Growing classes, I work with students individually as well as in small groups. I also work collaboratively with parents and teachers to provide support for their child/student when needed.
If you have any questions please contact me by email or phone anytime.