Phone: (719) 757-1470
Degrees and Certifications:
MA in School Counseling from Adams State University BA in Social Work from Valparaiso University Licensed Special Services Provider in Colorado
Mrs. Kayla Simek
2022-2023 7th Grade Level Counselor
My name is Kayla Simek. I have a Masters in School Counseling from Adams State University and a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Valparaiso University. I grew up here in Monument and went to KES, Creekside Middle School, and then LPHS. I am excited about moving to LPMS this year from BCES. In my free time I enjoy being outside either biking or hiking. I look forward to getting to meet the students and work with the staff here.
Phone: (719) 867-8065
Degrees and Certifications:
BA in Psychology from UCCS MA in School Counseling from UCCS Licensed Special Services Provider in Colorado
Ms. Breanna Dasher
2022-2023 8th Grade Level Counselor
My name is Breanna Dasher. I have a Masters in School Counseling from UCCS and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from UCCS. I grew up in Rye, Colorado and now live in Colorado Springs with my 2 cats, Luna and Zeppelin. In my free time, I enjoy hula-hooping, crafting, and being outside. I am currently working on a children's coloring book because art is a passion of mine. I run LPMS's Gaming Club and an Art Club, so email me with any questions!
Degrees and Certifications:
BA in Psychology from Ohio State MA in School Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado Licensed Special Services Provider in Colorado
Mrs. Emily Hluska
College/Career Counselor & MTSS Coordinator
My name is Emily Hluska. I have a Masters in School Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Ohio State. I live in the Springs with my husband, Jake, and our 2 dogs, Olive and Daisy, but I grew up in Monument and went to LPES and then LPMS. I have moved around A LOT but I always found my way back to CO and these beautiful mountains. My husband and I love being close to our families and love to enjoy our time together in the Springs or in Monument. We enjoy being active outside, and love to binge watch Netflix!
Rules of Confidentiality:
What you say in my office stays in my office
Someone is hurting you
You want to hurt someone else
You want to hurt yourself
You give me permission to share with another trusted adult
The counseling department at LPMS will provide a safe and supportive environment that allows every student to be challenged and engaged in all aspects of their lives while collaborating with parents, the community and other educators.
The counselors are available for the following:
- Schedule Changes
- Course Selection and Class Placement
- Organization and Study Skills
- Problem Solving
- Conflict Resolution
- Concerns about friends
- Home and Family
- Share Accomplishments
- Connect to Resources
- Questions about High School
All students have unique and individual potential and are capable of achieving the highest of success if they are granted opportunities and are provided the resources to do so. Students should be equipped with the skills necessary for them to achieve their academic, career, social and emotional goals. All students are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. Students deserve to feel safe at school and should feel comfortable and confident in expressing their ideas and concerns; every voice has the right to be heard. School activities should have a purpose and goal that will contribute to the learning and individual self-building process and toward the development of a healthy school climate. There must be a school-wide acceptance of individual differences and a belief that every student has the right to fulfill their greatest potential. The mandates and guidelines of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) set the standards for the school counseling program. The Comprehensive School Counseling Program is driven by data through an ongoing review of service delivery.
Philosophy of Education and School Counseling:
School counselors play an integral and vital role within the educational system. School counseling programs focus on providing academic, career, and personal social emotional development to all students within the school environment. Providing a safe and nurturing school is of the utmost importance for school counselors. School counselors are advocates, leaders and collaborators working for systemic change to embrace diversity, culture, equity and success for all students. School counselors respect the values, beliefs, and different perspectives that exist as each of us has his or her own unique life experiences. School counselors provide the necessary resources and play the role of community liaisons when assisting students and their families. Education and life at home are inseparable and must be viewed as one in order to bring about student success. School counselors provide assistance as their students develop and grow into adults while guiding them to become productive citizens.
LPMS values Patriot PRIDE.
- Social/Emotional - Students will feel comfortable and confident in their environment and develop tools to help express their needs.
- Academic - Students will develop tools in order to put their best foot forward and always strive to improve.
- College/Career - Students will explore job and career options through discussions, activities, and lessons with peers and adults and meetings with the College/Career Counselor.