Greetings from the School Counselor!
My name is Sarah Pesavento and I have been happily employed within the Vigo County School Corporation for the past 18 years. This is my eighth year at Riley Elementary and I’m so thankful to be here! Our learning community radiates positive energy and a great respect for all individuals. How lucky we are to be learning together under such encouraging guidance. It is my hope that this school year will be filled with positive and successful experiences for all students.
I attended the University of Evansville and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Art. This creative field served me well for many, many years and I thoroughly enjoyed that season. However, seasons change and I wished to be with those that were planting the seeds of learning in my two children, Lily and Max. As my career path changed and I yearned to work with students, I accepted an Education Assistant position. As my passion for working with students grew, I longed to become a bigger advocate for the well-being of our youth. Therefore, I returned to school and earned my Master’s Degree in Education so that I could serve our young population as a school counselor. Another passion of mine is baking goodies, and I have even entertained the idea of opening up a bakery! Baking and gardening bring me joy, and I am often found in my kitchen or outside. I have two children – Lily and Max. Lily works for a marketing company in Indianapolis and is attending Butler University for graduate studies in communications. Max is working on finding that first graphic arts job post graduation from Indiana State University.
My counseling services include individual sessions, small group services, and classroom guidance. My goal is to promote personal and social growth so that all students can rise to their fullest academic potential. I am excited to continue to deliver the Second Step program that will teach skills in the following areas: Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management, and Problem Solving. This is a valuable program that teaches critical skills to our youngest learners. In addition to the Second Step program, I will address bully prevention, child safety, tolerance, making safe/healthy choices, and career opportunities.
I believe that we all have special gifts and talents. Overtly celebrating unique traits will lead to positive growth. I am looking forward to working with the students and staff at Riley Elementary School and consider it an honor to serve.