EGS Counselor

School Counselor

Cindy Vink

Phone:  (620) 564-2750

Work Hours:  All  Day Mondays & Wednesdays; Friday mornings

Personal Biography:  
College Experience:  Bachelor's Degree in Business Education from Fort Hays State University

                                Master's Degree in Guidance & Counseling from Fort Hays State University
Teaching/Counseling Experience:  Ellinwood High School Business Instructor for 12 years
                                                  Great Bend Middle School Guidance Counselor for 13 years
                                                  Ellinwood Grade School Guidance Counselor for 8 years

I grew up in Phillipsburg, Kansas, and have lived the last 30 years in Ellinwood.  I am married to Kenny Vink and we have three children.   Lyndsae is an EHS and FHSU graduate and is employed with Farmers Bank & Trust as a Loan Administration Officer in Great Bend.  Gavin is a freshman at Barton College and plays on the golf team, and Leslie is a pre-school special ed teacher for Blue Valley Schools in Olathe.  I am also blessed to have 3 granddaughters; Josey, Melanie, and Paulina.  I love spending time with my family and watching or coaching my children's sports.  I have also coached basketball and volleyball at various levels for USD 355 in the past.  I am an avid golfer, reader, and KU Jayhawk fan.  I truly enjoy working with students of all ages and helping them succeed.  I am looking forward to a FANTASTIC school year!

Philosophy:  I believe that:   Every child is an important individual and should be encouraged to his/her full potential.  School counselors can positively impact student achievement by personal/social and academic focus.

School Counselors are trained and certified in school counseling with unique qualifications and skills to address all students' academic, personal/social and career development needs by the following:

  • Individual/Group Counseling
  • Classroom Presentations
  • Teacher/Parent Consultation
  • SIT Team Member
  • Character Education  coordinator
  • Bully Prevention Point Person
  • Liaison between families and community agencies
  • Promotes special events such as Red Ribbon Week and Ourselves & Our Families visits

Students may be seen by the counselor on an individual basis.  They may self-refer by telling their teacher, writing a note or having their parent email or call.  Students may also be referred to the counselor by teachers, administration and parents.  Some issues that a school counselor might address with students are:

  • peer relationsSchoolCenter Picture
  • school performance
  • anxiety
  • family change
  • grief

  • self-esteem issues
  • anger management
  • conflict resolution
  • new student orientation

Classroom Guidance Lessons

In a comprehensive guidance and counseling program, all students will be serviced by the school counselor.  Our goal at the elementary level is to prevent problems that will make education difficult for students now and in the future.  I work to help all students develop personal/social skills, academic skills, and career skills that will allow them to become successful, confident learners.  I visit every classroom twice a month to teach lessons that are developmentally appropriate to every grade level.  Through this consistent contact with all the students, I get to know all children and the students feel very comfortable if the need arises for them to work with  me either in a small group or individually.  Classroom guidance lesson topics may include:
Feelings                                    Conflict Resolution                 Bullying                  Internet Safety
Friendship Skills                      Anger Management                Careers                   Proper Cell Phone Usage
Social Skills
                              Character Education               Diversity                 Healthy Living
Handling Stress
                       Drug Awareness                     Self-Esteem            Tolerance

School-Wide Themes and Activities

October                                                Drug  Awareness & Prevention Month
                                                           Red Ribbon Week
                                                           Kansas Anti-Bullying Awareness Week

November & December                          Act of Kindness Month
                                                           Random Act of Kindness Week

January & February                               Bullying Prevention Unit
                                                           No-Name Calling Week

April & May                                           Character Education Unit
                                                           (Responsibility, Respect, Trustworthiness, Caring, Fairness, Citizenship)
All Year Character Recognition               Four times throughout the year, teachers will nominate students who meet the criteria of

                                                          complimenting others, saying please and thank you, following the                                                                                               rules,  taking responsibility for their actions, including others, and standing up for others                                                              and what is right.

Helpful Websites                                                        

Bully Free Pledge

Bully Free Games

Bullying is not allowed in my school.
I will not hit, shove, kick, or punch anyone or anything. 
I will not tease, call names or put people down.
I will not gossip or spread rumors.
If I see someone being bullied, I will speak up and go for help.
 I will treat everyone with respect and kindness. 
I will not be a bully.