Mrs. Gail Malsin
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|This is my second year at Plainfield as the school counselor. My being here is the completion of a varied career in education. Before becoming a professional school counselor I worked as a junior high and high school world language teacher, as a social work intern at the VA hospital in White River Junction, as a full-time mother, as Arts Coordinator at Plainfield School, as Arts-in-Education Outreach Coordinator at the Hopkins Center, as Director of ArtCare at the Koop Institute at Dartmouth, and as Community Relations Director in the Lebanon School District. I’ve worked as the school counselor at the White River (VT) School and the Mount Holly (VT) School.|
My undergraduate degree was in French Literature; I graduated from the University of Rochester in 1973 following a year at Swarthmore and a semester in Paris, France. I’ve taken graduate work in education, psychology, social work and counseling at numerous public and private universities and was proud to complete my master’s degree in school counseling at Plymouth State University in 2006.
My professional belief system is based on the understanding that children do well if they can. I use an eclectic but basically strengths-based, solution-focused approach to counseling. This philosophy includes a very basic premise: if something works we should do more of it; if it doesn’t, we need to try something else.
I live in a log house in Hanover with my husband, Peter, who is a teacher, writer and consultant. Our daughter, Mikaela, who attended grades K-5 at Plainfield, is a now a senior at Emory University in Atlanta and very active on the college debate circuit; our son, Jared, (PES '99) is a 2007 Yale alumnus working abroad as a news editor.
In free time I like to dream landscapes and grow flowers, read professional literature and good fiction, take pictures and share them, attend arts events, and travel. I love technology, the ocean, and using my hands to create. My husband and I volunteer regularly at Northern Stage as ushers and we like to contra-dance.
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