• Counselor's Corner

    A Message from Ms. Sharlisa Tyree, MEd.

    Sharlisa Tyree

    I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the parents at Kettering Elementary!  I am so happy to be part of the Kettering Elementary family as our School Counselor and part of such a wonderful Kettering community!

    I have been part of Prince George's County Public Schools as School Counselor for seventeen years.  I attended Bowie State University receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling.

    As a School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal and social development of all students.  I look forward to offering support to the students, staff, families and community.  I will be meeting with students individuallly and in small groups during lunch, conducting classroom lessons using the Second Step curriculum, meeting with parents, collaborating with teachers and staff and consulting with community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of all Kettering students and families.

    Any student can request to meet with me or they can be referred by a teacher, administrator or parent.  I encourage you to reach out if you have concerns regarding your child.  If you would like for me to meet with your child, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    I am here to help students achieve their personal/social and academic goals, as well as provide support for the parents and teachers.  I can be reached by email at sharlisa.tyree@pgcps.org or phone at 301-808-5977.

    I'm excited to be here and I look forward to getting to know you and your children!

    Warm Regards,

    Sharlisa Tyree, MEd.

     

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    Banishing Bully Behavior 

        Kettering is a wonderful school filled with many peaceful and respectful students. Often visitors to our school compliment our students and our staff on the good manners and friendly smiles from our Kettering students.

          Even in a great school like ours, we realize that bullying happens and we must teach children that bullying behavior is unacceptable. Bullies tend to have these traits in common:

    • They like to dominate other people.
    • They like to use people to get what they want.
    • They have a hard time seeing things from another person’s point of view. There is no empathy or compassion.
    • They are not concerned with others’ needs, rights, and feelings.
    • They view weaker siblings and peers as prey.
    • They refuse to accept responsibility for their actions.
    • They lack the foresight to see the consequences of their actions.
    • They crave attention.

         There is a difference between taunting and teasing. There is no playfulness in taunting, although the bully will say, “I was just teasing/ playing.” The target is hurt, demeaned, embarrassed, humiliated, or in fear of what will come next.

         Kids who are bullied come in all shapes and sizes: big or small, attractive or unattractive, popular or disliked. What they have in common is that they are singled out because they are different in some way. Most adults can think of a time when they were on the receiving end of some sort of bullying. Most kids will not tell an adult outright if they are being bullied. They may give you clues with their behavior.

         Children who bully need to learn new ways of thinking and behaving. There are many ways parents can help when these behaviors start to surface.

    • Intervene immediately with discipline that shows the bully what he/ she has done wrong.  Help the child take ownership of the problem and give him/her a process for solving the problem.  Let the child know even if the behavior is terrible, you believe he/ she is capable of being a decent, caring, responsible person.
    • Create opportunities for the child to do good things for others.
    • Nurture empathy.
    • Teach friendship skills.
    • Closely monitor TV viewing, video game playing, computer activities, and music.
    • Engage in more constructive, entertaining, and energizing activities.
    • Teach your child to speak positively, make good choices, and  act with integrity, even under peer pressure

      “Children learn to care by experiencing good care.  They come to know the blessings of gentleness, of sympathy, of patience and kindness, of support and backing, first through the way in which they themselves are treated.” James L. Hymes, Jr. 
       

          Let us commit to work together at Kettering Elementary, a community of caring adults and children, to banish bully behavior. All of our children deserve to come to a learning environment where they feel safe and free from being bullied at all times.   
     

    (*Excerpts taken from The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander by Barbara Coloroso)