Google+ Elementary School Counselor blog, by Scott Ertl, Elementary School Counselor: Bio


Hi! Welcome to my blog. I'm an elementary school counselor in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. From 1988 to 1997, I traveled and performed comedy magic and juggling with several circuses. I finally ran away from the circus to join a school. (Circus photos) I've been an elementary school counselor since 1997 and I love being an elementary school counselor! The kids are so much fun, they love to laugh, play and sometimes even learn!

Even if I won a million dollars, I'd continue working as an elementary school counselor. Of course, there would be some changes. :) I'd hire a secretary to schedule all of my groups, counseling sessions with individual kids, and calling parents to meet and follow-up with them. And I'd work 4 days a week to allow more time to travel to other schools and meet counselors to learn and share ideas that work. I really enjoy facilitating Playshops and Parent-Child Retreats. I also enjoy presenting at state and national conferences to share with counselors how to use Progress Cards and create their own Read and Ride programs.

I really get a kick out of taking ideas and seeing them come to fruition at my school. I'm amazed when other counselors replicate (and refine!) my ideas in their own schools.

The best thing about being an author for other counselors is not having my book on their bookshelves, but having something that is useful to them on a daily basis. I already have too many books that I never read. I don't want to be one of those authors.

On a personal note, my wife and I have two sons (1 and 4 years old). We started sharing wooden SHMILY coins with family and friends and have literally shared thousands with people all over the world! 

Elementary School Counselor - Scott Ertl


  1. Excellent presentation at the conference!

  2. Scott, I didn't get to hear your session on Sunday at the counselor conference, but I did attend your breakout session and really enjoyed it. I am stuck in a testing room today and I have been looking through your blog. You have a lot of great ideas. I have spent the last few years as a high school counselor and just made the transition to middle school this year so I have been spending a lot of time researching ideas. Your progress cards look like a great idea but would they be age appropriate for middle school students?

    1. Thanks Heather! I appreciate your kind words. Progress Cards work great for middle school when you want to give students something to keep after an individual session to help them remember what you just talked about. They are 100% reproducible, which is real helpful. :)