School Counselor

Terri Mathis

Meet Ms. Terri!
Terri joined the Renaissance Community last April after her husband’s company relocated them from Florida. Terri was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from York College. Then to further her education she moved to Florida and attended Palm Beach Atlantic University to earn a Master's Degree of Science in Counseling Psychology. From there she began her career in education. Terri worked in a public school as a Special Education Pre-K Teacher and then taught 5th grade in a private school as well worked as a School Counselor and Therapist.  Before moving to Colorado in 2018 she spent 5 years as a Director for a community mental health program providing in home family therapy and support.

Terri and her husband are now empty nesters with all three of her kids in college, but she still gets a call from her kids every day.  Family is greatly important to her and she enjoys looking forward to family dinners when they are together. Terri came to Renaissance with experience in the Douglas County Schools as a School Based Therapist for Allhealth Network. After spending many years in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse treatment field, Terri chose to shift back into School Counseling last year after spending 9 months as a School Based Therapist and seeing high rates of adolescent anxiety and depression along with Suicidal Ideation/Self harm behaviors that often had roots in Elementary Experiences.

Terri begins her day at Renaissance by greeting all of the students at the front doors of the school with a warm smile and a high five. You can see the excitement on students' faces when they see her. Terri’s day is often filled with whole crew Social-Emotional Lessons, some small group lunch bunches, individual time with students as needed, problem-solving with students, providing brain breaks, check-in breaks, preparing 504 meetings, and supporting students and teachers.  Terri says “My hope is to share my experience, knowledge, and training with the Renaissance community, and to provide support for both students and their families. My experience as a parent of 3 children was both the most wonderful and toughest job at the same time. I could not have done it without the support of my children's teachers, coaches, and counselors.” When asked what she likes most about working at Renaissance she said, ‘The philosophy and mindset of doing what is best for kids, as well as the strong community and collaborative teamwork.”

Upon meeting Terri, you can tell she is very passionate about working with children.  Her kindness and  understanding of the importance in caring for students social and emotional needs is making a huge impact on our school. Terri has made a wonderful addition to our community. Thank you Terri for caring for our students!

SCHOOL HOURS

8:40 AM - 4:00 PM

WEDNESDAY 1:00 PM EARLY DISMISSAL

RENAISSANCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

3960 TRAIL BOSS LANE • CASTLE ROCK, CO 80104

PHONE: (303) 387-8000  • FAX: (303) 387-8001

ATTENDANCE LINE: (303) 387-8002

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