We all know that young adolescents have a variety of social-emotional needs. Using the research behind Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, those social-emotional needs must be met before we can expect students to be fully engaged in our classrooms.
Van Buren Middle School and Family Resource Center (FRC) have partnered to provide a school-based counselor to our school community. Megan Hargraves, our FRC counselor, is a licensed social worker and provides a spectrum of services to students, who themselves have a wide spectrum of needs. From problems with friends, goal-setting and organization, stress caused by family changes, to self-harm, we are obligated to provide sound options to our students and families so that students can realize their true academic achievement.
Megan is originally from Akron and spends much of her time working at both Arcadia and Van Buren in the school-based programs. Ms. Hargraves graduated from Bluffton University with a bachelor of arts degree and The University of Akron with a masters of social work degree. Megan has been a home-based therapist for about 2 years, lives at home with her cat Arnold and enjoys spending her free time traveling.