Student and Family Support
Hello Heritage Students and Families!
My name is Katie Herdman, and I am excited to be your new Student and Family Support Provider. I want to take a minute to share a little bit about myself. I come to Heritage with 25 years of varied social service experiences. I obtained a BS degree from The Ohio State University in Elementary Education. Once obtaining that degree, I went to work at Marion County Children Services in a multitude of positions. After my time with Children Services, I had the privilege to be the Family Liaison at Liberty Elementary and RVMS for 6 years. I have worked as an ESP with Marion City Schools, helping students handle social and emotional situations that come their way. Before coming to Heritage, I was working with our community members that are affected by Substance Use Disorder.
I was born and raised in Marion and am a firm believer in supporting your community. I am knowledgeable in community resources. I enjoy seeing the Marion Community grow and support one another. My husband Brent and I are partial empty nesters. Our youngest two children still reside partly at home. Lauryn is an RV alumni and currently a hair dresser in Marion. Madilynn is majoring in Sustainability at The University of Dayton. Our 3 older children are married and have blessed us with 6 amazing grandchildren. Brent, who is the RV Food Service Director, and myself love to travel in our spare time. I also love to learn about new and exciting places. Please feel free to share with me your local and far off travel adventures, so I can expand my bucket list. I look forward to getting to know each student and having the opportunity to work with them. Supporting your students in their education, social emotional learning, and their goals/dreams is my number one priority! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or needs.
Throughout the school year, I will try to be in your child's classroom about 6 times to facilitate guidance lessons. These lessons were designed to meet the American School Counselor Association national standards and are tentative to change based on the needs of students throughout the year. These lessons were created to be fun and engaging for your students. Please ask your student to share what was talked about during their classroom guidance time.
Below you will find a tentative curriculum for this year's classroom guidance lessons.
Meet the School Counselor/ What is a school counselor?
Being a Bucket filler (power point)
Being different from others/accepting differences
Jobs and careers/ what do you need to accomplish for these to happen?
What to know about middle school!
Being unique (activity about finding people who have different things/ likes than you)