Meet The Elementary Counsellors

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My name is Yasmeen Ghunaim and I am currently the counselor for the early years at The KAUST School. I am I wife and mother of the light of my life, my seven year old son, Hamza. I am product of a cross-cultural marriage where my father is Saudi and my mother is American. I can definitely say my experiences and upbringing have definitely made me the counselor I am today!

I believe that all children deserve a solid, dependable support system both at home and school. My goal is to provide every child with the social and emotional support they need to be successful both in their academic and personal lives. It is of great importance to me to collaborate with families in order to empower students to meet their fullest potential and maximize their success. I have great empathy for children and having experienced transitions and loss myself as a child I feel that when speaking to children I speak from experience and in a language they can relate to. Being a mother myself, I am a nurturer and I see the children I work with as my own; their well-being is my first and foremost priority. I am committed to upholding the highest ethical standards as well as participating in professional development to keep up-to-date with the best practices in the field of school counseling. Every child is special and deserves to be given the support they need to shine.

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The primary focus of TKS Elementary School Counseling is to facilitate student success. Our goal is to provide an environment where students, teachers and parents feel accepted, heard and supported.

My name is Becky and I am the Grade 1 to 5-school counselor here at TKS.  Like many of you I am not only new to Kaust but also to Saudi Arabia.  As a child, both of

my parents were teachers and we travelled the world (Dubai, Bahrain, Sri Lanka, Wales, Hong Kong) and at a young age I knew that I wanted to work with children who had similar experiences to myself. To this end I completed a BSc in Psychology and went on to complete a Foundation Degree in Counselling.

At TKS there are a number of activities the counseling service does which ensures that all students learn vital social skills, such as learning empathy, anger management, conflict resolution and transitions. In K1 through to Grade 3 we use an established program called “ Stop, Think, Do” which walks children through stopping bad habits, thinking through their options and making the right choices and doing them. In the older grades we work through similar problem solving issues with an emphasis on understanding others as well as ourselves.

We aim to be available to 100% of the students and you will often find us in classroom teaching the issues mention above, however we also offer one –to- one counseling for students who need extra support. Furthermore it is our aim and aspiration to build on our parent communication and this website and blog will hopefully provide useful tips and strategies for you as parents to use at home.

Our doors are always open and we would love to hear from you and if we can support you and your families further do not hesitate to contact us.

Rebecca.williams@kaust.edu.sa

Yassmen.ghunaim@kaust.edu.sa

Telephone : 808 6307

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