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Central Guidance

Hello!  My name is Tom Snyder and I am the School Counselor at Central Elementary.  The 2016-2017 school year is my 6th year at the counselor at Central, and my 7th year overall.  


There are so many things to be excited about this year!  Our Blue Pride Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports is new for our school and already I hear so many kids excited to ‘move up’ to blue or purple, or feeling proud of themselves when they correct their mistakes and move their clip up from yellow or orange.  Monthly themes such as leadership, unity, effort, respect, and excellence are being modeled and taught in the classroom throughout the year.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call or email!






Information about the Guidance Office

What Does a Counselor Do?

As a School Counselor, I perform the following roles in order to promote positive development in academic, career, and personal/social domains:

  • Individual counseling

  • Small group counseling

  • Classroom guidance

  • Attend and participate in academic intervention meetings

  • Organize and administer building testing

  • Observe students in various school environments

  • Consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, social workers, and students

  • Respond to school crises or emergency situations

  • Provide information and resources to parents on a variety of issues

How can a student see the counselor?

Student self-referral

Staff referral

Parent referral

A note about confidentiality…

The general rules of confidentiality for counselors are very different from those of teachers.  Confidentiality is important to maintain a trusting relationship with students.  Students are told that what they tell Mrs. Blair will stay in her office unless one of the three things occur:

1. Someone is hurting you.

2. You want to hurt someone.

3. You want to hurt yourself.

Only then will Mr. Snyder tell someone to make sure they are safe and healthy.  Information is never disclosed to other staff members, parents, or students unless permission is granted.  If a student discloses information deemed crucial to a child's safety or well-being, the student is informed that his/her parents must be notified. The exception to the general rules is if information is court mandated.