Mrs. Deb Debettencourt

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Welcome to Guidance

Eric Butler

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Carmen Creanga

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Debbie DeBettencourt

Dear Parents,

We would like to introduce ourselves, give a description of counseling services offered at the Edgartown School and explain how we function as a part of your child’s educational team.

We welcome Carmen Creanga to our School Counseling Team joining Eric Butler and Debbie DeBettencourt. 

We each work with students in all grade levels.   We interact with students in group and individual settings within the classrooms and our offices depending on student needs.

Individual and group counseling is available to all students to help work on emotional regulation, coping skills, social and emotional wellness, decision making, healthy relationships, perspective taking and conflict resolution.  Referrals are made by parents, teachers and student requests.  Sometimes we work with students on specific concerns including the feelings following separation, divorce and remarriage, being new to the school, social interactions and grieving.

Students are met on an as needed basis, which may mean a one-time meeting or an ongoing weekly/bi-weekly schedule.  Sometimes students invite a friend(s) to come to the counseling office with them either for support or to help resolve an issue.   We will be in contact with you if concerns about your child have been raised.

We consult with parents and classroom teachers when concerns are raised about a student’s learning or social/emotional success.  Classroom and student observations help us to get a more complete picture of students in order to help them achieve their potential.

Parents are encouraged to schedule an appointment with us throughout the year to discuss concerns related to student learning styles, behaviors in and out of school, stages of development and personal issues that are getting in the way of student achievement.

As members of your child’s educational team we can help make recommendations which may include: behavior modification programs; in school counseling; referrals to outside counseling; parent meetings, groups and classes; educational testing; emotional testing; and/or psychological testing.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.  We look forward to seeing you and your children this coming year.


Eric Butler, Carmen Creanga and Deborah DeBettencourt 

School Counselors

Edgartown Elementary School