Welcome to the Counselor's Corner

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School counselors are advocates, collaborating with students, school staff, families and community resources to empower all students to reach their highest potential.


The mission of the Omaha Public Schools strengths-based school counseling program is to support academic success and preparation for post-secondary opportunities for all students.


My name is Laura Betz Burch and I have been the School Counselor at Saddlebrook since the 2017-2018 school year. I support students, teachers and parents by helping our students be the best that they can be. I offer drop in sessions, individual counseling and group counseling.  This year our groups are Strong Start and Zones of Regulation. I also teach a guidance class as a special which means I see each class once every 10 days for 50 minutes. I am responsible for the many philanthropy projects and drives that happen at our school such as the Pop Tab drive. I am the SAT coordinator, and assist with 504s, MTSS-B and am one of the Microsoft Educators for our school. I also have been a coach for Girls on the Run for the last two years.

I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Western Washington University in the beautiful seaside town of Bellingham Washington 20 minutes south of the Canadian border and a few hours north of Seattle where I grew up. I then moved cross country to Knoxville Tennessee and received a Master of Science in School Counseling and met my now husband while working on a farm. I was a school counselor back in Seattle for a year before moving to Omaha to be with my husband. When I am not at work I am usually growing plants, traveling with our school librarian Ms. Steele, or being active outside.


The Pre-K -12 Guidance and Counseling Program

The Omaha Public Schools have a Pre-K-12 comprehensive, competency-based guidance and counseling program.  This program is both proactive and responsive to the unique needs of individual students.  There are four components of the program:

*A Guidance Curriculum that is delivered to ALL students and emphasizes personal, occupational, and academic skill-building through classroom presentations.

*Individual Student Planning that developmentally helps students plan for their future, set career goals, manage conflict, prepare for learning beyond high school, strengthen academic skills, and more.  

* Response Services that provide support for issues of immediate concern to the students and their families.  

*System Support that recognizes the school counselor as part of the school team and supports the other three components. 

The mission of the Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program is to ensure student success through the combined efforts of students, staff, families, and community.