What is the role of the Norcross School Counselors?
The counselors at Norcross Elementary School teach school counseling core curriculum lessons to all students. Ms. Amick and Ms. Crapo both teach kindergarten and first grade students to insure that students are able to identify and feel comfortable with either counselor. Ms. Amick teaches second and third grade student lessons and Ms. Crapo teaches fourth and fifth grade students.
Both counselors run small group counseling. Small groups are based upon the needs of the students. In order for a student to take place in a small group he or she must be recommended by either their teacher or a parent or guardian.
Both counselors meet one on one with students to assist students in goal setting based on academic, career and social/emotional data. Both counselors also provide planned out, short term, goal focused counseling. School counselors do not provide therapy or long term counseling in the school setting. However, school counselors are prepared to recognize and respond to student mental health needs and aid students and families seeking resources.
Both counselors provide support and assistance to students and families as they navigate crisis and emergency situations.
Behind the scenes both counselors work together and share strategies supporting student achievement with parents, teachers, other educators and community organizations. The counselors work with other educators, parents and the community to support student achievement. The counselors also, support for students and families to school or community resources for additional assistance and information.
Our School Counselors
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Amy Crapo
Hello! My name is Amy Crapo. I graduated from the University of Florida with my Specialist and Master’s Degrees in the Department of Counselor Education and my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. My husband and I moved to Atlanta from Gainesville, Florida to pursue our dream jobs. I began working at Norcross Elementary in January of 2002 as a 1st grade teacher. In 2007, I began this amazing career as a Professional School Counselor. My husband is a chef and we have one son that is in 7th grade. I am very active in Gwinnett County. I am team leader for one of the Emergency Response Teams, past chair for the counseling steering committee and I am responsible for training all the new elementary counselors in the county. When I’m not at work, I love to exercise, cook, and work in my garden.
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Amber Amick
Hello! My name is Amber Amick. I graduated from Mercer University with my Master’s Degree in School Counseling and my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I hold active memberships in: Chi Sigma Iota Honors Society, the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) and the Georgia School Counselor Association (GSCA). I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors. I am native to Gwinnett County and a product of the Gwinnett County school system. In January 2018, I started my School Counseling Career at Norcross Elementary School. I could not have chosen a better path, I truly have the best job ever! I am passionate about serving all of our students to the best of my ability and I look forward to working with my counseling partner, our administration, parents and staff to produce a student body that thrives. My counseling partner and I are coaches for our schools Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies (PBIS) program. I am on one of the counties Emergency Response teams. I seek to be a trusted leader inside of our school as well as within the community and county. Outside of work I enjoy working out, adventuring outdoors, and being creative.