Mr. Fishman and Mr. Aldridge Recognized as FCPS Cares of the Month Recipients!

June 2021 Region 1 Recipients

By Department of Human Resources
August 20, 2021

Congratulations to school counselors Mr. Eric Fishman and Mr. Scott Aldridge ​​​on being recognized as the June 2021 FCPS CARES Recipients of the Month for Region 1 by the Department of Human Resources. Congratulations, Mr. Fishman and Mr. Aldridge!

Below is the write up submitted by a combined group of Thoreau Middle School parents.

A HUGE thank you to Mr. Fishman and Mr. Aldridge! We are very fortunate to have had these two caring, professional, and hardworking counselors support our son while he was at Thoreau Middle School. Each in their own way, they knew how to relate to our son, help him with stress and other issues that arose, and teach him coping and wellness strategies to use on his own. These counselors are great listeners who then work with the student to assess their feelings, think through different perspectives for a situation, and create a plan for the next time a challenge or roadblock is encountered. They work hard to build skills and resiliency tools in students, which is empowering for the student. They utilize a wide array of tools to assist middle schoolers, ranging from therapeutic techniques and working with families to breathing, meditation apps, and index card strategies.

In addition to individual meetings, the Thoreau counselors organize and run small groups to bring students together to share, learn, and support each other. Their counseling techniques cover the student’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being. From the big ways that they helped, such as guiding my son to greater resiliency and assisting him during panic attacks, to the smaller things, such as a high five or a joke in the hallway, the Thoreau counseling team had such a powerful impact on my son’s middle school experience. At his most anxious or lowest times, my son always knew that the counseling office was a safe space. Pandemic was extremely challenging and the counseling team took it up another notch to provide support virtually through this difficult time. My son really struggled when the school switched to virtual and he had ready access to counseling support to help him get through it.

Mental health and wellness are so critical and FCPS is very fortunate to have Mr. Fishman and Mr. Aldridge working with our students and families. They are so caring, patient, and positive; very knowledgeable in the field, and understand how students react and cope. They have the right blend of compassion and a practical approach, which is a lifeline for students. Throughout it all, our counselors amazingly retain a great sense of humor! Mr. Fishman and Mr. Aldridge go above and beyond to ensure the wellness and safety of students. We are deeply grateful. Thank you!