Student Support Services and Counseling

Available student support services

student support team

Student Support Services

An array of student support services are available for students who require extra help. Our student support team is made up of three full time teachers, Ali Banchiere, Viviana Saraceno and Katie McDaniel who collectively have extensive backgrounds and degrees including master’s in special education, autism specialty and Orton Gillingham certifications.

The team is also trained in ADHD, high functioning autism, social skills, giftedness, and general classroom support. Because of our innovative student support program, Rainbow is able to admit and support students with special needs on a limited basis. Not only is this wonderful for children with special needs to get the added help, but for the whole community.  It is one of the reasons our classrooms run so smoothly – everyone has their needs met.

In addition, it is valuable for children to have friends with many different strengths and challenges. Students in the program have a support plan that is typically a combination of extra classroom support from an assistant, specialized one-on-one time with a professional, and classroom accommodations.

The support team crafts a student support plan, communicates regularly with parents, oversees classroom accommodations, and acts as a liaison with any off-campus providers. The goal is for students in the program to be included in the regular classroom with only limited pull-outs, if needed.  The initial fee to be enrolled in the program is $1,800 for the school year, with additional hourly fees for the service plan.  Hourly rates are $25/hour for classroom support, and $35 to $45 an hour for one-on-one services.

Rainbow Community School is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Counseling Services

.Counseling Contact and Process:

Through Rainbow Community School’s counseling program, students and families can receive a host of different types of services and supports. These can include individual, family, and group counseling consultations (30-60 minutes as needed).

Situations or consultations requiring more complex behavioral / mental health concerns or assessment can be supported in-house pending the particular circumstances. If need arises for outside services, we have an amazing networking resource which can lead parents or students to trusted local experts who may be most appropriate and helpful for whatever they are facing.

School counseling services are open and available to all students. Generally, each student will be provided 1 to 2 consultation appointments for free and/or as needed. If an issue/concern is discerned, the counseling program will work in tandem with parents to develop a most effective plan of care. Sometimes, this will involve the counseling program and family working together throughout the school year on campus; other times services will be triaged to an outside provider. This outside provider may come to campus, or meet with the family privately.

Families and students can contact our Director of Counseling, Will Ray, at or by request through the student’s classroom teacher. They can also contact our different counseling staff (see below).

Director of Counseling

Will Ray – 2019-20 School Year – Hours and Contact Information

Mondays: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesdays: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm


Phone: 828-424-4733

School Counselors:

PreK – 3rd Division: Jamie Rischitelli


Phone: 828-808-2882

4th – 8th Division: Katie Ford


Phone: 828-713-8930

Graduate Counseling Interns

Kasie CaswellEastern Tennessee State University – Graduate Intern, working with grades PreK – 3

Danielle Schoen – Western Carolina University – Graduate Intern, working with grades 4-8