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Phone: 208.350.4193

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Degrees and Certifications:

Licensed Professional Counselor - Active License (2016) Pupil Personnel Certification (2021) Masters of Education - Counseling - Boise State University (2016) BFA - Acting - University of Idaho (2006)

Mrs. Sara Jo Buffington

9.15.2021

I am so excited to begin a new school year with our staff, students, and families!  The first few weeks have flown by and I have enjoyed catching up with and getting to know our students.  Getting into classrooms is next on my list. We will be utilizing The Toolbox and The Zones of Regulation as we explore the CASEL 5: (Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness - Including Bullying, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making).  Over the summer I took some great professional development trainings that I am still trying to figure out how to incorporate into  my classroom lessons and small groups.  These trainings included brick-based counseling (who doesn't LOVE Legos??) and also becoming a Minecraft certified teacher (Minecraft Education Edition)!  

Also, another new endeavor I will be undertaking this school year is facilitating a Love & Logic parent education class.  Classes will begin on Monday 10/11 from 6:00pm to 8:00 and will go every Monday for a total of 6 weeks.  The class cost is $15 per parent/couple to cover the cost of the workbook.  If you are interested in attending, please email me at buffington.sara@westada.org or call me at 208.350.4193 to see if there are still slots.  If you would like to attend but the cost of the class is a barrier, please reach out to me to talk further.  Registration will close on 10.1.2021 or when the 20 spots fill up (limited number of spots to allow for social-distancing to protect safety of attendees).  Masks will be REQUIRED.

Is there anything I can be doing to help you?  Or your student?  Please do not hesitate to reach out!  I am a busy lady, but I am never too busy to talk about the needs of our students and their families.  Our students’ well-being is my top priority!

Be happy, healthy, and well!  Wishing you all the best!

Sara Jo Buffington - Counselor
buffington.sara@westada.org
208.350.4193