Claire Nawojchik

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Role

As a professional school counselor, my role is to ensure all students learn and grow emotionally, socially, and academically during their time at Discovery. I work as a team with students, educators, and families to advocate for the needs of each and every student on their individual paths towards success and achieving their goals. In my role as a school counselor, I strive to form connections with students so that they feel supported and understood as they navigate their academic careers, form friendships with peers and relationships with teachers, try new things, and work through the emotions that come along with growth and change. I hope to help foster confidence, creativity, and individuality in my students via a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program that includes individual, group, classroom, and school-wide initiatives and services. I work primarily with kindergarten, third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade but am here to support all Explorers!

Professional Background

I am a “Double Hoo” (Go, UVa!), and graduated with a double major in Psychology and English Literature during my undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia. I have worked as an elementary school counselor for Loudoun County Public Schools since graduating with my Master of Education degree in May 2014 at the CACREP-accredited program at the University of Virginia. I love working with elementary school students, and am thrilled to become a Discovery Explorer!

Personal Interests

I am a resident of Arlington, VA who grew up in Leesburg, VA, and you can often find me and my friends and family exploring all that D.C. and the surrounding areas have to offer – From the museums, restaurants, and art galleries of D.C., to Great Falls and Shenandoah National Park! My dad is a naturalist and bird expert, so throughout my life I have always enjoyed exploring the great outdoors by traveling as much as possible, camping, and hiking. I am passionate about environmental conservation, and am so excited that Discovery students are learning environmentally-sustainable practices and global responsibility. I also love reading, creative writing, and making crafts, and have a lifelong dream of publishing a children’s book one day!

Literary Connection

One of my all-time favorite books from my childhood is From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. I have always loved exploring museums and art galleries, and remember how awed I was by the sheer size of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City the first time I visited it, so it was incredibly exciting for me to imagine two children about my age living inside The Met! I love the book because it reminds me of the power of imagination and curiosity, and inspires me to find magic in the everyday.