Student Support Services

Hello!  I am Katharine Pfeiffer, the school counselor for South Whidbey Elementary K-4.  I love working with students and helping them feel happy and encouraged and successful here at our school.  

I offer a range of services for students including

  • Individual and small group guidance counseling  for friendship skills, self-regulation tools, self-esteem,  leadership, 
  • Individual counseling is limited to several short sessions, and is aimed at helping students in the short term and then assisting families to find longer term counseling resources outside the school setting.
  • Classroom instruction in S.E.L. (Social-Emotional Learning).
  • Individual and group problem-solving using Talk it Out skills.
  • Parenting resources
  • Crisis response

The SWES staff is committed to providing a safe and nurturing learning environment for all students. We are dedicated to teaching students the social-emotional skills they need to be successful in school and in life.


If you have a problem or concern involving your child's education, please schedule a conference with the teacher. If the problem or concern continues, contact the principal for assistance. We encourage you to stay abreast of district business. School Board meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. All regular meetings are open to public participation. The South Whidbey School District is dedicated to serving your needs through responsive, caring actions.

Counseling Services

Counseling services are available at our schools, if needed, to increase your child's success. Services include individual, group or classroom guidance, and cover a variety of issues such as development of a positive self-image, self regulation skills, effective communication skills, friendship/social skills, and dealing with issues such as death, divorce and abuse. Students may be referred by a staff member, a parent or themselves. Our counselors are available for consultation with parents and outside service providers (if you request this service and sign a consent for exchange of information) in order to better serve the students.

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