MWC School Counselor
Hello parents and families!
I really enjoy working with the students and staff at MWC and look forward to another year! I started in my role in the Highland School District in 2017. I hold a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and have my independent clinical license. I have work experience in affordable housing, social services, after-school programs, school counseling, among others. I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri, but made my way out to the Yakima Valley in 2012. In my free time I love to hike, camp, run, and eat ice cream! My mission is to treat all students with dignity and respect, to build emotional regulation and social problem-solving skills, and be proactive in securing a safe, challenging, and rewarding education for all.
What is my role?
I teach classroom lessons using the Second Step Curriculum on topics such as calming down techniques, problem solving, and how to address bullying.
I lead small groups for students who need extra support in areas such as social skills, emotion regulation, family changes, anxiety, impulse control, and more.
Finally, I will be available to any student or parent that has concerns about social and emotional well-being, including academic concerns.
Click here to find my padlet - activities and videos for students, as well as tips for parents!
In addition to Second Step Curriculum, we also use Zones of Regulation as a method of students becoming self-aware of their emotions and having tools to get back to the GREEN zone!
Please do not hesitate to reach out if I can support any houeshold or resource needs your family has!
Call or text 988 for the suicide and crisis lifeline!
Mrs. Anna Poel
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
ESA School Social Work
Master of Social Work (MSW), University of Washington
B.A. Justice and Society/Spanish, Creighton University