School Counselor

Traci Hummer
Smith Elementary School

Welcome to Smith Elementary School! I am very excited to be a part of the staff as the full-time school counselor and am honored to have the privilege of working with students to support their academic endeavors, social-emotional development, and college and career aspirations. My goal is to be a resource and partner for students, staff, families and the community. Please feel free to contact me with student concerns, questions, or any ideas for our comprehensive school counseling program.

What is a School Counselor?

School Counselors (previously referred to as Guidance Counselors) support all students in grades PreK-12 with academic achievement, social and emotional development and career planning. Ohio School Counselors are licensed and have completed an approved master’s program and an extensive internship. They develop and implement comprehensive school counseling programs that promote and enhance student success by collaborating with families, teachers and administrators.

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GRIT is a character education program designed to help all learners develop the skills necessary for success in today's world.

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Counseling Services


GRIT is a character education program designed to help all learners develop the skills necessary for success in today's world.


Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports

  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Build Relationships

At the elementary schools we practice the 3R's. This language provides common behavioral expectations for all students throughout the buildings. This system is the foundation for the 5R behavioral system in place at OJHS and OHS.

Classroom Lessons

Class lessons are available on a variety of topics and are customized to meet our current needs.

  • Social Skills / Friendship
  • Bullying/Bystanders
  • Growth Mindset
  • Career Education
  • Self-Esteem / Body Image
  • Self–Awareness
  • Other

Group Counseling

Smith offers a variety of group counseling opportunities based on student needs. These groups include new student transitions, divorce, friendship, and a variety of social and emotion skills.

Individual Lessons

Individual students are seen in one-on-one counseling sessions for a variety of reasons based on social, emotional, and academic needs. Topics discussed in individual sessions include, but are not limited to, social skills, anxiety, depression, divorce, grief, self-control, and self-esteem.

Parent Consultation

Parent consultations are provided for a variety of reasons, based on the needs of the student or the family, in order to develop plans that best meet the student needs to ensure their social, emotional or academic success.

Mentor Program

OJHS & OHS students come to the elementary schools during lunch / recess and work with assigned students on their social and emotional development.

Tutoring Programs

Talented Tutor:

Fifth and sixth grade students tutor for 20 minutes, one time per week, during lunch, with the guidance of the student’s teacher.

OHS National Honor Society Tutors:

High school tutors work with elementary students after school or during lunch. These arrangements are typically made and overseen by the parents. The list of tutors is available upon request and is updated each fall.

Professional Tutors:

The district provides a list of qualified professional tutors.

The list of tutors is available upon request and is updated each fall.

Military Kids Club

Military children are a unique group and need support during deployments, moves and meeting the daily demands of military life. This club is designed to help students stay connected with other military kids. It is intended for students who have an active duty service member in their immediate family (mom, dad or sibling).

Indoor Recess Buddies

Fifth grade students play during indoor recess with first and second grade students during the winter months, as a way to help all students cope with the long winter and make great choices.