Student Counseling

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, for example:

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

Counselors support students who face learning and personal challenges. We may refer parents of students requiring ongoing therapies to outside service providers.

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 or emotional needs which affect their learning and/or relationships at school.

The Counselors

Doris Benrey

Doris Benrey
Early Childhood Center Counselor
dbenrey@zis.ch

Katie Richardson Mott Upper School Counselor

Katie Richardson-Mott
Upper School Counselor
crichardson@zis.ch

Jill Wagner Lower School Counselor

Jill Wagner
Lower School Counselor
jwagner@zis.ch

Leslie Peak Upper School Counselor

Leslie Peake
Upper School Counselor
lpeake@zis.ch

Kris Paulson Middle School Counselor

Kris Paulson
Middle School Counselor
krispaulson@zis.ch