Beth Gray is the Counselor for all the DVFS students in both middle and upper school. She has been at Delaware Valley Friends School for 13 years. She has been a school counselor for over 25 year- more than half of her career has been spent working with students who learn differently.
Q: Why do you like working at DVFS?I really enjoy counseling the DVFS students! Since we are a small school, I am blessed to get to know many students and their families well. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to support young men and women as they grow academically and as people in their years at DVFS. It is truly remarkable how DV can transform a young person's life!
Q: How is DVFS different than other schools where you have worked?
As a Quaker community, everyone works together to support and look out for each other. There is a feeling of shared compassion and empathy among the students that I don't see in other schools. Most of our students have had a negative school experience but when they arrive at DV, they finally feel like they belong and are understood.
Q: How does your approach to counseling change for students with learning differences?
Adolescence can be a difficult time for all kids. For students with a learning difference, it can be more complex because they often have lower self-esteem and sometimes struggle with anxiety. I work with students, parents, and teachers to identify the needs of each child and provide the appropriate interventions and resources. One of the amazing things about DVFS, is how students' self-esteem and confidence grows!
Q: What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your work to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I have spent my entire career working with middle and high school students. I think it is an exciting and pivotal time in a young person's life. I enjoy helping students navigate the academic and social challenges. Currently, I am raising my own middle and high school children. This has given me a broader perspective of the parenting challenges. It has also given me a greater appreciation of the significance that social media and technology play in our children's' lives.