I am writing to welcome you to a new school year and to introduce myself. My name is Bebe Zazzaro and I am your child’s school counselor. I look forward to supporting your child and being a part of your Darlington family.
This is my 20th year in education. In addition to being a counselor, I have taught in regular and special education classrooms. I have a bachelor’s degree in special education from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in school counseling from the University of West Alabama. We all know that experience is fostered outside of the school walls, and for the last 17 summers, I have traveled to Maine and helped run an all-boys’ camp. This is my third year at Darlington. I live on campus and I am the dorm mom for Neville House. My husband and I have 31 high school boys on our floor from all over the world.
As a school counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the social and emotional development and support the academic success of all students. I believe all students need to be productive, connected and safe. I want to be supportive of students, staff and families who need help in these areas. When I introduced myself to students this year, I told them to consider my office a “think tank” – a place where they can stop, think and make a plan to deal with situations that arise in their lives. We must all ask for help at one time or another, so I told them that their teachers, parents and I do not expect them to know how to solve all their problems or how to deal with every situation. Going to the counselor simply means that you need to think things through and you are calling on a trusted adult for help. It is a sign of maturity and independence to know when you need help and how to get it.
I will be meeting with students individually and in small groups, conducting classroom lessons, meeting with parents, collaborating with teachers and staff, and consulting with community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of Darlington students and families. Students may request to meet with me, or they can be referred by a teacher, administrator or parent. Students can send me an email or tell a teacher they want to meet with me. 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 reach their personal, social and academic goals, as well as provide support to parents and teachers. I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 706-314-3602.
I look forward to getting to know you and your children!