School Counselor Pages
Elementary/Primary Counselor - Mrs. Lindsey Richard
Intermediate Counselor - Amy Weaver
Junior High Counselor - Brianna Mink
High School Counselors - Anne-Marie Zellers and Tammy McNew
Registration information, testing schedules, course listings and scholarships
Counselors help students develop their educational potential through skill-based lessons and units that assist in developing competence in essential life skills. Competency is developed in self confidence, motivation, decision-making and goal-setting, communication, interpersonal and cross-cultural skills, and responsible behavior.
Counselors intervene on behalf of students whose immediate personal concerns or problems put their continued educational, career, personal, or social development at risk. Counselors’ primary task is to provide counseling to students individually or in group settings. They also consult with teachers, parents, and administrators on behalf of students.
Counselors guide students as they plan, monitor, and manage their own educational, career, personal, and social development. Counselors assist students with personal planning, transition activities, and goal setting.
What is a School Counselor?
School counselors work with school faculty and staff, students, parents, and the community to plan, implement, and evaluate developmental guidance and counseling programs for all students. (TEC. Section 33.005)
- A certificated, specially trained, caring person
- A school person who provides guidance to ALL students
- A resource person
- A coordinator
- A consultant
- A group leader
- A teacher
- A person who helps teachers, parents, students and administrators
What does a School Counselor do?
The school counselor’s job includes the following:
- Counsel individuals and small groups of students to meet identified needs.
- Deliver the guidance curriculum and assist teachers with the school’s guidance curriculum.
- Consult with parents, teachers, and other staff regarding concerns about students’ needs.
- Coordinate people and resources in the community for the benefit of students.
- Participate in planning, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program to serve all students.
- Know about and adhere to the ethical, legal and professional standards of the counseling profession.
What is the purpose of individual counseling, group meetings, and classroom guidance?
- To help students to develop self-understanding and self-awareness
- To build self-confidence and self-esteem
- To encourage students to recognize and make the best use of their capabilities
- To provide opportunities for students to feel successful
- To give students and opportunity to talk about educational and personal social concerns
- To encourage students to recognize, understand and work through learning difficulties
- To help students better adjust to school and home environments
- To develop students' awareness of the world of work
- To teach students the decision-making/problem solving process
How do students access school counselors?
A student may access a counselor by:
- Teacher referral
- Parent referral
- Administrative or other staff referral
- Referral by a friend
What is a developmental guidance and counseling program?
A developmental guidance and counseling program assists students in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary for healthy development. Through four program components: a developmental guidance and counseling program recognizes that parents, school personnel and the community each have important roles to play and valuable resources to contribute in assisting students with their academic, career, social and emotional development.
What credentials do school counselors hold?
- Have at least 2 years teaching experience
- Have earned a Master’s Degree
- Have passed a state mandated test (ExCET for School Counselors)
- Received certification from the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).