As the 9th grade Mind and Body Wellness teacher, Jana Smigielski wants her students to have a holistic approach to health and fitness. Her class highlights mental health, self-management, and fitness skills which help to build a lifelong healthy lifestyle.
“I get to offer a break in the school day for restoration, self-reflection, and a chance to grow,” said Smigielski.
As part of the Counseling team, Smigielski’s goal is that her students incorporate the emotional and social skills they learn in class into everyday life.
“I hope students remember and use the tools from my class that prompt self-reflection, empathy, and a willingness to build community,” she said. “They can use these tools through any season of life.”
Smigielski received her bachelor’s in social work from Union University and her master’s in education with school counseling licensure from Freed-Hardeman University. She joined St. Mary’s this school year.
Girls go through so many changes physically, cognitively, and emotionally between the ages of 2 and 18. The counseling program at St. Mary’s helps each girl understand herself and the changes going on within and around her. Our goal is to help each girl reach her individual potential and equip her to be successful personally, academically, and professionally in the future.
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