Bridgett Sissel has been working in Park Hill School District since 2003. She began teaching Special Education at Lakeview Middle School, and Park Hill South High School. She then moved to Prairie Point Elementary where she completed a few years as a counselor and then moved to Congress to continue counseling at the middle school level.
Matt Calvin has been working in Park Hill since 2007. He began as a counselor at Park Hill High School. He moved to Plaza Middle School and was a counselor there for twelve years before coming to Congress Middle School in 2021. When not working, Mr. Calvin enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Counseling Vision, Mission, Beliefs
Congress Middle School students will acquire the knowledge and skills to be successful, college and career-ready, and productive citizens. As lifelong learners who respect and value others, they will be ready to flourish in a diverse, global society.
At Congress Middle School, we will provide counseling services to all students, regardless of ability, age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. The counseling department will create a safe and healthy learning environment, while equitably meeting the needs of each and every student in academic studies, college and career development and social emotional needs by collectively working with parents, students and teachers to prepare each student for a meaningful life in their professional and personal lives.
As a counseling department, we believe all students have the right to an education, including curriculum from a Comprehensive School Counseling Program.
We believe students of all ages, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status will have equitable access to services provided by the counseling department.
We believe all students have potential academically and can learn.
We believe all students can develop socially/emotionally through opportunities in different environments.
We believe all students can use and apply information from career interest inventories or assessments, while making decisions related to their future.
We believe all students have equitable access to a comprehensive guidance program to meet their academic, social/emotional, and career related needs.
We believe every student has worth and value regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status.
We believe all students will benefit from the counseling curriculum, whether they are online learners, hybrid learners, or in-person learners.
We believe students will improve their academic performance with lessons on being an engaged learner in all environments.