School Counselling
The Lower, Middle and Upper Schools all have Counseling departments designed to serve and assist the unique needs of their division. While addressing the academic, social, and emotional needs of students, counselors also act as a bridge between teachers and parents, working to create an environment where every student will have the tools they need to fulfill our school mission. The programs are preventative, collaborative, developmental and remedial in nature.

Counselors work with students on a range of issues, including:

  • communication and relationship building skills with peers, parents, and teachers
  • time management and study skills
  • stress management
  • anxiety reduction
  • transitions, self-esteem
  • management of peer pressure

Counselors support students who face learning and personal issues. Students who may require ongoing therapies are referred to experts in the Zurich area.

Counselors see students individually, in small groups, in the classroom and in informal settings. The Counselor offers monitoring, consultation to teachers and parents, in-class programs and group work as well as individual sessions to students who have been identified as having social/emotional needs which affect their learning and/or relationships at school.

Counseling services at the Upper and Middle School are coordinated with the work of the advisory programs. The Middle and Upper School Counselors also have formalized academic assistance procedures for students and they coordinate academic assistance plans for students who require this support. Counselors have an open door policy and are an integral part of the Student Support and Administrative teams at their schools.

The Counselors

Doris Benrey
Early Childhood Centre Counselor  


Katie Richardson-Mott
Upper School Counselor

Jill Wagner
Lower School Counselor

Leslie Peake
Upper School Counselor

Kris Paulson
Middle School Counselor

About Us

With more than 1,450 students at four unique campuses, ZIS offers an extensive educational program with all the benefits of size but the intimacy of smaller settings.



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