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                                                                                                                   Welcome to Primary Guidance!


My name is Kathleen Garvey and I am thrilled to be a part of the VCS team as the Primary Center's School Counselor!

I have enjoyed working with your children on learning and practicing conflict management skills.  We have been learning these skills through a program called Kelso's Conflict Management Program.   In this program we are learning how to handle conflicts that are big and small and the difference between the two. Big problems are those that are dangerous, hurtful, or scary to ourselves or others.  These problems should be immediately brought to an adult's attention.  Small problems are problems that the children should be able to resolve on their own, by referring to Kelso's choices.  Some examples of small problems include things like; not being able to pick a game, cutting in line, and not sharing, just to name a few.  In the classrooms the kids refer to a large Kelso poster that includes choices they can use to resolve these small issues.  The Kelsoís Choice wheel illustrates the choices children have to help solve small problems they are faced with. The students are taught to try 2 choices before asking an adult they trust to help with the problem.

To view the Kelso's Choice wheel there is a parent resources page; please click on this website link:





Take a look at this Kelso video: Click Here 

I have enjoyed meeting and teaching every class in Grades K and 1 about the program. I have also trained all of the Teachers and Teacherís Assistants on the key components and expectations of the program. The students have been taught and encouraged to use the skills they have learned from this program at home as well to help with conflicts with siblings, relatives, neighbors, etc. If I can be of further assistance to you or your child please contact me at or 352-259-7700.


Kathleen Garvey

Certified School Counselor                                                                                


PDF Files

Elementary Help Box Parent Letter -
Student Help Box Form -

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