Ronnelle S. Browning
Hello and Welcome!
It is an honor to be a counselor at Sakai, I totally enjoy 5th and 6th graders and have been a counselor at Sakai for ten years. Sakai's counseling department has two counselors, Ronnelle Browning and Sue Constan. Ronnelle, will work Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and Sue will work Thursday and Friday.
As your school counselor I work with students, staff and parents to foster the social, emotional, and academic success of all students. I support students by meeting with them individually, in groups, and in classrooms. I'm available to consult with teachers and parents to proactively plan for academic success. I facilitate academic planning and student study team meetings to address impediments to students' educational, personal and social growth.
I recognize that entering Sakai is a significant school transition for students and their families, and I want them to feel welcome, valued, supported, and encouraged. Building social/emotional competency is an essential task for 5th and 6th graders. I strive to empower students with problem solving and conflict resolution skills, and self advocacy skills whenever the opportunity/need arises. I work to support teachers and parents in the task of supporting development of organizational skills and emotional resiliency. I collaborate with professional organizations, other school and private counselors, medical practitioners, and school personnel to create a best-practice approach to improving student academic achievement.
At Sakai we have a counseling department mission statement. To see a copy please click here.
A particular passion of mine is positive school climate and bullying prevention. I have worked to promote the adoption of programs such as the Olweus anti-bullying program, a program designed to address school climate and student safety. I am the committee coordinator and am pleased to say we are in our second year of program implementation.
I received my undergraduate degree from University of New Mexico, my M.S. in health education from the University of Washington, and my M.Ed from UW. In addition to my time at Sakai, I was the head counselor at Woodward Middle School for two years, and a mental health counselor at Bainbridge Youth Services for five years. I've been a mediator, a mediation consultant and trainer, a college instructor, and youth sports coach. I am the parent of two wonderful young men who are BHS, and UW grads. I have lived on Bainbridge for 26 years. When I'm not working I enjoy gardening, photography, traveling, kayaking, and hiking.
I truly enjoy working with fifth and sixth graders and their families, and I'm proud to be part of the Bainbridge Island Schools' family.
Attached is a PDF of a presentation I gave, entitled "Organizing the Disorganized Brain". This provides information about how to support the development of organizational skills during the challenging time of pre-adolescence. Organizing the Disorganized Brain presentation
I invite you to look at our For Families Section to see additional information.