Teresa Gorgia, LCSW
2019 NJ State School and National School of Character
William Mason Elementary School has been selected by the the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development (NJASECD) as a 2019 New Jersey School of Character and National School of Character.
We are proud of this recognition!
Welcome! My name is Teresa Gorgia and I am the school counselor at William Mason. I joined William Mason in 2013 and am very excited to be a resource to you and your child as we work together to support their success. I look forward to working with you and your chlid this school year.
As a school counselor, my role is to promote the academic and social development for all students. I am a face that your child will see both in and out of the classroom on a daily basis. I work with students during classroom school counseling lessons, lunch bunch groups, as well as seeing students individually on an as needed basis or regular basis.
I have an open door policy for our students and all students can ask their teacher to see me if they need to. I am also the Intervention and Referral Resources Coordinator, 504 coordinator, and Anti-bullying Specialist at William Mason.
Classroom lessons: All students receive lessons in the classroom setting. Lessons focus on the character education pillars, as well as other topics ex: friendship, coping skills, bullying prevention, and conflict resolution. Second grade students will be receiving weekly lessons. All other grade levels will receive lessons monthly.
Lunch bunch Groups: Lunch bunch group meets during the lunch period for 6-8 weeks. This provides a small group environment for students to foster friendships and social skills while participating in an enjoyable activity during their lunchtime. Students can be recommended by parents and/or teachers. Students can also ask to join, which many of them do. They enjoy lunch bunch and I enjoy having them!
As the school counselor, I am also a resource to parents. I encourage and appreciate communication as we are a team working together. Please do not hesitate to contact me via email at email@example.com or call me at x1615 with any questions, concerns, or to touch base regarding your child. Communication between home and school is not only beneficial, but essential. Please also look through my website at the links provided. You will find information regarding programs, parenting resources, as well as newsletters which are distributed via the HSA memo. I look forward to a wonderful school year!
A little bit about me...
I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Seton Hall University and I also have a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University. In addition to my school counseling certification, I also have a license in Clinical Social Work and a certification in School Social Work. Prior to William Mason, I worked in a private school as well as in an outpatient mental health office for several years. I have extensive experience in individual/group/family counseling, clinical drug and alcohol experience, and have implemented social skills programs. I have also served as a member of the School Crisis Response Team for Morris County.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, attempting pintrest crafts and recipes (they never come out quite right!) and playing with my two young daughters. I also enjoy going to the beach and reading. I am also fluent in Italian, which the students are impressed by when I tell them that it was my first language.
Character Education is important. Throughout the school year, students will be introduced to the six pillars of character, both in and out of the classroom.
The Six Pillars of Character focus on the themes of Respect, Caring, Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Citizenship, and Fairness. This pillars are displayed in our main hallway in the book case. Throughout the year, lessons will focus on these character traits. We will also have character spirit days where students and staff wear the designated color.
Enclosed is the schedule for the 2019-2020 school year.
Monday, October 7th Respect (Yellow)
Monday, December 2nd Caring (Red)
Monday, February 3rd Trustworthiness (Blue)
Monday, March 2nd Responsibility (Green)
Wednesday, April 1st Citizenship (Purple)
Monday, May 4th Fairness (Orange)