Middle School Counselor
School counselor, Tara Lavizzo, guides middle schoolers to develop critical social-emotional skills that will help them be successful in all aspects of life. She is also an advisor to a small group of seventh graders, and enjoys being part of a dynamic school community that fosters academic excellence as well as compassion for others. Ask her to tell you her favorite fish story; as a child she spent summers fishing in Colorado with her dad and grandfather.
A lesson that had an impact on students was how to manage test anxiety. Teaching them coping strategies is helpful because it provides students with practical ways to manage their anxiety in the moment. One of the key takeaways is that anxiety may never completely disappear from one's life, but that it is manageable.
I attended a two-day workshop on anxiety that was incredibly informative; it went into depth about the various types of anxiety disorders and best practices in providing treatment. I also learned effective strategies for introducing the concept of anxiety to children.
Before coming to Graland, my professional passion was college advising and postsecondary success. Now that I am back at the middle school level, my professional passion has shifted to learning more about the benefits of everyday mindfulness, especially as it relates to building resilience and managing stress.
Outside the Classroom I’m ...
... with my two children, my husband, and my extended family. We love spending time outdoors or at local attractions like the many museums Denver has to offer. My husband and I are so privileged to be able to live near our parents and siblings, which means we get to spend lots of time together for family celebrations, and are lucky enough to have all of the support we could imagine.
Travel to Asia or Europe
Joined Graland in...
Also Known As
Character Task Force Member, Wellness Team Member, SCAC Member, Diversity Task Force Member, Grade 7 Advisor
B.A. in psychology from University of California-San Diego
M.Ed. in school counseling from University of West Georgia
Ed.S. in educational leadership & administration from Lincoln Memorial University