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Vision Statement

The vision of the Moreland School District Counseling Program is for all students to depart empowered with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve academic, personal/social, and career success, and to reach their fullest potential as respectful, responsible citizens.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Moreland School District Comprehensive School Counseling Program is to advocate for an environment that supports high achievement for all students and decreases barriers to learning, allowing students to become effective learners, responsible citizens, and productive members of a global workforce. In collaboration with other educators, families, and communities, this comprehensive school counseling program will maximize student potential and enable all students to experience educational success by providing preventative and responsive services in the areas of academic, career, and personal-social development to help students overcome challenges that interfere with learning and reach their fullest potential.

Counseling Services Overview


Our comprehensive School Counseling program includes a variety of services for our K-8 students. These services include:

Group Counseling: This is where we will meet with about 2-6 students in a group setting for about 8-10 weeks for 30/min/week on a specific topic (i.e. Anxiety, Anger, Social/Friendship skills, Self-esteem, etc. See Group Description Form).
Individual Counseling: This is where we will meet with students individually for about 3-4 weeks for 30/min/week on any concerns teachers/parents have (i.e. study skills, coping skills, family issues, etc.

Check-in: This is where we will check in with students either weekly, or every other week for about 10-15 minutes to see how they are doing, how their classes are going, etc.

Classroom Lessons: This is where the Counselor will come into the classroom and facilitate a skills-based classroom lesson based off grade-level needs.

Meet The Counselor

Kate Patt, M.A., AMFT, APCC

Counselor with CASSY (Counseling and Support Services for Youth)

On campus: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays



I am excited to be returning to George C. Payne Elementary School, for a second year, as a CASSY counselor. 


A bit about me: 

  • This is my 6th year working with children, teens, and families as a Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)/Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC), and my 5th year providing service to students in an on-campus setting. 
  • I am passionate about providing children and families with quality, consistent support, as well as strengthening self-efficacy and mental/emotional well being in our children and families. 
  • This school year I plan to increase social/emotional learning on campus, by providing social/emotional lessons in all our classrooms, as well as specialized group work for further skills practice and support. 

I am honored to be part of your child's team, here at George C. Payne Elementary School, and I look forward to a wonderful year. 


“Be who you are and say how you feel because those who mind don't matter, 

and those who matter don't mind.” -Dr. Seuss