Meet Your Counselor!
Hello! My name is Sarah McClanahan and I have been an Elementary School Counselor in Gwinnett County since 2017. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and my Master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Central Arkansas. Before becoming a school counselor, I was a 1st-grade teacher and 2nd-grade teacher. This is my 7th year in education and my 4th year as an elementary school counselor. I have a husband, a beautiful daughter, and 3 precious dogs! I’m so excited to serve the community and families in Buford! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me to discuss your child’s academic, behavior, or social/emotional growth.
“During digital learning, Gwinnett County School Counselors will continue supporting students' academic success, career development, and social-emotional growth, utilizing Zoom and Google Meet for individual meetings, conferences, presentations, groups, and classroom lessons/activities.”
A School Counselor’s Role
My primary responsibility is to promote and teach academic, social/emotional, and career readiness to all students. I look forward to serving students, families, staff, and the Patrick community. I will meet with students for classroom students, small groups, and individually.
Classroom Guidance Lessons – I will be teaching classroom guidance lessons one day a week during specials rotations. My lessons will focus on academic development, career development, and life skills.
Individual Counseling – I will meet with students individually. Any student can request to meet with me. They may also be referred by a teacher, administrator, or parent. If you have any concerns please reach out to me. If you would like me to meet with your child individually please do not hesitate to call me.
Small-Group Counseling – I conduct small groups with 2 or more students. Small Groups meet for 20-30 minutes once a week. Topics may include: attendance, study skills, organization skills, self-esteem, social skills, anxiety coping skills, new students, family changes, coping with grief, anger management, and self-regulation. Parent permission is required for a student to participate in a small counseling group.
Parents/Staff/Community – My job is to collaborate with parents, teachers, staff, and community members to benefit and meet the needs of all students/families at Patrick Elementary.