Greetings! I am Mr. Matt Tolliver and I am a certified Professional School Counselor at Skyview Elemetary School in Morgantown, West Virginia. I am originally from Buckhannon, West Virginia. I attended West Virginia Wesleyan College, where I received my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I am also certified to teach in grades K-6. I have my Master's degree in Counseling from West Virginia University. I am certified to counsel all age groups (PreK-Adult). I am also currently a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. I am a former West Virginia School Counselor of the Year and was a semi-finalist for the National School Counselor of the Year. I also teach for West Virginia University and am working on my PhD. in Counselor Education and Leadership through the University of the Cumberlands. This is my sixth year at Skyview Elementary School, and I am excited to continue my journey with my fellow Skyview Rockets!
School Counseling Vision Statement:
The vision of the Skyview Elementary School Counseling Program is to develop life-long learners with a sense of intellectual, vocational and personal/social responsibility. Having achieved college and/or career success as adults, they will have the mindset to continually assess their individual abilities and limitations, while being responsible citizens who respect the diversity of others-both on a local and global scale.
School Counseling Mission Statement:
The Skyview Elementary School Counseling Program strives to provide a comprehensive and developmental school counseling program that fosters life-long learning within the academic, vocational and personal/social domains for all students and their families that focus on the whole child as well as the needs of a diverse community. Standards-based instruction and interventions are based on needs identified through the collection of process, perception and outcome data. The comprehensive program works to advocate for equitable access to vital resources for all by cultivating an environment of mutual respect that is nurturing, orderly, safe, drug-free, and violence/bully-free.
Too Good for Drugs Classroom Lessons
Hello there! My name is Emily, and I help Mr. Tolliver teach the PreK- 2nd grade students at Skyview Elementary School how to work together and solve problems! Some times the students help me out when I am having a problem with my friends. They are really good at giving me advice. I love to help the students at Skyview learn and grow!
Hi, I'm Meccanoid and I work with Mr. Tolliver to teach 3rd-5th graders at Skyview. We discuss things like goal setting, qualities of a good friend, and the dangers of not using medicine the way we should.
Peer Court and Peer Mediation
Restorative practices like mediation have proven to be a successful alternative to suspensions or punishments in schools. In many situations, punitive consequences can often make the offender resentful or even worsen behaviors. Students rarely change their behavior as a result of being punished because they need opportunities to build appropriate social skills and to learn how to resolve their conflicts peacefully.
There are three groups involved in restorative practices; the victim, the offender and the community members (in this case, a Peer Court, which consists of students trained as peer mediators who facilitate the restorative conferences).
Restorative practices encourage the use of positive peer pressure. Peer Court members convey dislike for the offender’s behavior in a way adults cannot. It also allows students to take a leadership role in setting school behavior expectations.
Makerspace and Chill Out Spots