Welcome to the School Counseling Office

   The school counseling program at Stratford gives attention to individual students as well as providing whole class instruction in social/emotional skills. Students are referred for individual counseling by request of teachers or parents, or counseling may be part of a student's Individual Education Plan or IEP. Students typically meet with the school counselor once a week for a half hour. They may also be included in a small group of students who are practicing their social skills.  

Whole class instruction is provided to each class once a week. The elementary students have a half hour session and the middle school students a regular class period. Topics that are covered include managing feelings, using manners, bullying prevention, and working in a group, among many others. Older middle school students also receive instruction in suicide prevention and healthy relationships.

Meet Patricia Peel

Greetings all! I am the school counselor at Stratford Public School. After spending just one year in retirement, I decided to join the Stratford Public School community as a part-time school counselor. Prior to retirement, I spent 34 years working for SAU 58 as a classroom teacher, school counselor, and principal. 

I live in beautiful Stark, NH, with my husband, Dan. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my 4 children and 17 grandchildren---as you can imagine they keep me VERY busy! In warmer seasons my husband and I enjoy going for rides in our side-by-side UTV, kayaking, playing miniature golf, and working in our yard. Winter finds us snowshoeing, working on indoor home improvement projects, or sitting by the fire reading. 

I am PAWS-itively excited to be a Stratford Lion!