Counseling: Bradt Primary

Elementary School Counselor Program

The School Counselor Mission is to align with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Model. It is vital for school counselors to consult, communicate and collaborate with all stakeholders invested in student success. The goal is to implement a K-12 comprehensive program promoting an academic, career and person/social development for all students starting in elementary school.

The Elementary School Counselors at Mohonasen participate in professional training and staff development to maintain a quality comprehensive School Counseling Program. The Elementary School Counselors at Mohonasen follow this mission to empower students to explore and achieve their academic, career and social and emotional potential.

School Counselors can help students with

  • Success in school;
  • Goal setting;
  • Working out personal and school-related issues;
  • Learning how to make decisions that are right for you;
  • Adjusting to a new school;
  • Talking about your feelings;
  • Making friends;
  • Dealing with peer pressure and bullying;
  • Self-awareness; and
  • Learning about and exploring careers.

School Counselors can help parents with

  • Supplying references materials;
  • Suggesting referral sources;
  • Exploring ways to help your child succeed; and
  • Being a connection between home and school.

Bradt’s Comprehensive School Counseling Program

About your School Counselor

Mrs. Brenda Riehlman has been at Bradt since 2007.

“My husband and I have two beautiful children, Lucas and Adelyn,” Mrs. Riehlman said. “I love spending time with family: jumping on the trampoline, hiking, cooking, baking, watching movies, reading stories and going on adventures! Coming to Bradt every day is like visiting my second family. I am grateful and thankful to work with such caring, kind and loving students, faculty, staff and community members. I hope the love of my role as your child’s School Counselor shines through as I work with them as they make their Journey through Bradt.”

K-2 School-Wide Programs

  • PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support): Be a STARR with our PBIS Program. Help us create a Safe, Try your best, A good citizen, Respectful & Responsible school environment throughout the year!
  • Character Education: Monthly classroom guidance lessons taught in all classrooms regarding monthly character theme. See list for monthly character traits!
  • New Student Program: This program is designed to help new students adjust to being in their new school. I meet all new students informally & formally as they enter Bradt. Every new student gets their picture taken, receives a personalized welcome gift and I provide information to them and the family about their new district/school.

K-2 Support Services

  • Support Groups: A variety of groups are offered to help students who may need to build skills in a specific area. Some group topics may include but are not limited to: Changing Families, Social Skills and Friendship.  Parent permission is required for students to participate in support groups!
  • School-Based Counseling: Individual school-based counseling and check-ins is available upon request. School-based counseling is a short term support service available to all students during the school day.

K-2 Comprehensive Guidance Lessons

In kindergarten, students will learn school readiness, peacemaking skills and career development. In first grade, students learn about conflict resolution, friendship and continue work in career development. In second grade, students participate in the Bullying Prevention Program, learn about career development and begin transitioning to Pinewood.

PBIS Resources

Below are links to various Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program (PBIS) resources for parents and students:

Serving students in grades K-2
School Hours: 8:20 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.


Bradt Primary
2719 Hamburg Street
Schenectady, NY 12303
Phone: 518.356.8400
Fax: 518.356.8404
Brenda Riehlman, Bradt School Counselor
Phone: (518) 356-8416