- Hello! My name is Kari Deal. I am the kindergarten through third grade School and Family Counselor at Meeker Elementary School.
I attended Iowa State University, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, majoring in Psychology with a minor of Child, Adult, and Family Services. In 2013, I graduated from Buena Vista University’s graduate program with a Master of Science in Education in School Guidance and Counseling. I will forever be loyal to my Cyclones though, bleeding cardinal and gold each game day!
As the School and Family Counselor at Meeker, I support students in a variety of ways. Every two weeks I deliver a counseling lesson to each of our fourteen kindergarten–third grade classrooms. These lessons are formed around the American School Counselor Association’s Mindsets and Behaviors. I also meet with students individually and in small groups to enhance skill sets needed for life. Additionally, I meet with parents/guardians, teachers, and other school personnel in order to coordinate support for our students.
I believe that if we work together as a team of adults, children will benefit. Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact me so we can collaborate.
Contact: Kari Deal | 515-239-3770 |
Melissa Stone 4th & 5th Grades Counslor
| 515-239-3765 |
Hello and thank you for visiting our counseling site!
My name is Melissa Stone and I am one of the school and family counselor split between Fellows (Grades: K-1) and Meeker (Grades: 4-5). I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in mathematics and reading from Iowa State University. I also have a Master’s of Science degree in School Counseling (K-12) from Drake University. Before becoming a professional school counselor I was a classroom teacher for nine years within the Ames & Ankeny Community School Districts. Although, I loved being a classroom teacher I knew my calling was to be a professional school counselor.
Having worked in the schools for the last 10 years I know there are many important skills our students learn as they grow throughout their educational careers and how difficult that can be sometimes. Our children are dealing with a lot more stressors, anxieties, and pressures in our changing world that we never had to deal with. We know academics are vital in a school, but school counselors work to incorporate social/emotional skills and career development within the schools as well. I will be in your child’s classroom all year, and may also work with them in a small group or individual setting. I am an advocate for each child and will do everything I can to help each child succeed.
I look forward to growing with you and your child this school year; please do not hesitate to ask any questions as they arise. Also, please take some time to visit my school counseling website to check out lessons and activities we are doing in the classroom, information on child development, and information which may support you as a parent!