• Welcome to Pine School Counseling!
    Pine Students, I am here to help you with:
    * Working out friendship problems
    * Setting goals
    * Working well with others
    * Feeling good about yourself
    * Adjusting to a new school
    * Learning how to make decisions
    * Managing your feelings (stress, worry, anger, etc.)
    * Dealing with peer pressure and bullying
    Pine Parents, I am here to help you with:
    * Exploring ways to help your child succeed
    * Improving parent -child communications
    * Referrals for community sources
    * Understanding the developmental changes of childhood
    * Information to help understand your child’s special needs
    * Please note school counselors do not provide “therapy” or “traditional counseling”. Referrals for outside counseling services are available for children experiencing grief, divorce, family separation, deployment, or mental health concerns. 
  • About Mr. Schena
    Hi!  I'm Mr. Schena, your Pine Elementary School Counselor for the 2018-19 school year.  I want to see our Pine children thriving in body, mind & spirit while they're getting a heck of an education with a wonderful fine arts infusion at Pine.
    I don't teach "readin', writin', or 'rithmetic" on a daily basis like the teachers do.  I do teach our children about developing a positive character for themselves, getting along with (and even helping) others, and exploring careers for their future.  I do this in 1-on-1 interactions (both scheduled  & informally), in small groups, and in classroom presentations.  The children might also tell you that they frequently see me supervising lunch recesses, helping Mrs. Bolen teach piano after school, and coaching soccer.  
    A lot of what I've learned about working with children I've learned from good teachers, principals, and counselors before me.  I also learned some things at Purdue, I.U.S.B., and The Gregorian University in Rome.  I earned two bachelors degrees and two masters degrees for my efforts at those places.  
    My favorite hobbies are:
    * doing things, going places, & just hanging out with my family,
    * fishing, gardening, & just about anything to do with the outdoors,
    * always learning more about history & science, &
    involving myself & my family at our church.
    Enough about me, how about you and your family?  If things at Pine are going well for you & yours, great!  If there are problems, let me know and let's talk. I believe that if we put our heads together and keep our minds open, we can move almost any situation in a better direction!
    Pax et Bonum!
    - Mr. Schena 
  • Contact me at:
    Email: dschena@mcas.k12.in.us
    Phone and extension: (219) 873-2114, ext. 6805