The counselors at Grace Snell Middle School believe:
- All students can achieve academically.
- All students have dignity and worth.
- All students have the right to participate in the counseling program.
- All students should have access to a professional, certified school counselor.
- All students' needs will be considered in the planning and implemetation of the counseling program.
- A successful school counseling program should be future-oriented, encouraging middle school students to plan for high school, postsecondary education, and career opportunities.
The mission of Grace Snell Middle School’s Counseling Department is to provide students with a structured and intentional program of counseling services, thereby helping them achieve academic success, prepare for post-secondary education and careers, and become world-class citizens. The counseling program is developmental and comprehensive, addressing student needs in the areas of academic knowledge and skills, college and career readiness, behavior, and personal/social development. As counselors advocating for each student, it is our mission to ensure that all Grace Snell Middle students have equal access to opportunities that will maximize their potential and academic achievement. We pursue excellence in our counseling program as we fully support our students in their quest to meet local, national, and world-class standards.
The vision of the Grace Snell Middle counseling program is that all students will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to attain the highest levels of academic success. We envision that our students will develop strong character and will become responsible, respectful, and honest men and women, fully capable of assuming their roles as tomorrow’s world-class citizens. Grace Snell Middle students will be highly prepared for high school, college, and their careers of choice. Our students will leave Grace Snell Middle ready to assume their future roles as lifelong learners.
6th Grade: Tierney Langdon
I have been in education for 15 years, and this is my 7th year as a counselor. I have a Masters in School Counseling From University of West Alabama as well as a masters in Early Childhood Education From Piedmont College and a BS in Sociology from Valdosta State University. Go BLAZERS!!!. My priority at Grace Snell is to be an advocate for all students, and assist them in learning respect, responsibility and honesty. When I am not at Grace Snell Middle I enjoy horseback riding, kickboxing and yoga. I am a strong supporter of the Comet community, as I grew up just next door to South Gwinnett in Centerville GA. I believe in helping to build relationships not only with students, but with the community as well. in 2015 our Grace Snell Counseling earning RAMP recognition for the 1st time, and focusing on the Comprehensive Counseling Model has continued to be a passion in my School Counseling career. My horse Keaton and I also have the wonderful opportunity to work with Equestrian Connections, a partner with CHOA where we utilize various areas of Equine Based therapy to groups of children learning to live with various ailments such as scoliosis, Osteosarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma, various spectrums of autism as well as various spectrums of ADD and ADHD. Encompassing a mind and body wellness philosophy through non traditional methods is a practice I value and believe in. I aspire to spread these therapeutic opportunities into society with a future business in health and wellness training!
7th Grade: Charles Walker
Charles Walker, Ed.S.
Greetings, My name is Mr. Charles Walker. I am grateful that I have the privilege of working with your student. My goal is to provide information, guidance, counseling, and support for your student to ensure they realize their full potential. The support provided could be in a variety of areas such as career exploration, academics, attendance, behavior, study skills, mental health, social skills, character development, emotional support, and post-secondary planning. I will do my best each day to ensure your student is being prepared for life and to compete in a global economy. I have over 20 years of professional experience in counseling and the highest degree I hold is an Education Specialist in School Counseling. I also have a Masters' Degree in School Social Work and School Counseling. I have high expectations for your student and I believe every student can learn. I also believe that education is extremely vital and important, therefore, my students are encouraged to be life-long learners and to continue their education. I look forward to developing positive relationships with your students and having another productive and successful school year.
8th Grade: Laura Burleson
Hello, my name is Laura Burleson and I am very excited to be working with the 8th grade this year and my first year at Grace Snell Middle School. I truly believe that every child can learn and be successful if given the necessary support. Educators and families need to come together to provide our children with the tools they need to meet their full potential. As educators, it is our job to encourage students to believe in themselves and never give up!
I have lived most of my life in Gwinnett County and graduated from Parkview High School. I received my Bachelors of Science in Human Services from Kennesaw State University in 2006. When I graduated from Kennesaw State University I accepted a position in Gainesville, GA where I worked for mental health. I received my Masters of Science in Professional School Counseling in 2010. I received my Specialist in School Counseling in 2013 and have been working for Gwinnett County Public Schools for eight years as a high school counselor.
Additional Program Information
Grace Snell Middle School's counseling department is a data-driven, comprehensive counseling program. In 2014, Grace Snell Middle School earned National Recognition for its comprehensive counseling program through the American School Counselor Association’s RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program) Award submission. This means that our counseling department is comprehensive in scope, data driven to support student needs as well as educating and supporting students’ academic journey, focusing on post-secondary, and future career options. Counselors utilize school data to find areas where more support is needed to improve student achievement. Through interventions and supports counselors work to increase student academic achievement, increase positive student behavior, and minimize truancy at the local school. The ability to track school performance in the counseling department, aids in creating effective support that will increase student achievement in support of the local school LSPI goals.
When a child reports possible abuse to school employees, it's our duty to respond. Here are a few steps to take when reporting urgent child concerns:
- Report your concerns to the grade level counselor and/or assistant principal.
- Follow up with your designated report to ensure that a report is made to child protective services.
- Remember, to make a report or cause a report to be made, mandated reporters only need to have "reasonable suspicions," not direct evidence.
- Mandated reporters have anonymity.
Making an Appointment
Parents: Call or e-mail your grade level counselor to request an appointment
Students: Students can ask to see the counselor with a signed agenda or hall pass, and also fill out an appointment request slip. The appointment request slips are available in the grade level office.
The counselors will give at least 3 core lessons to their grade level throughout the year. Many of the core lessons are taught through science and/or social studies classes. All students receive core curriculum lessons in School Expectations and Anti Bully, GCIS Career Pathways, and Child Lures. Child Lures does have a permission slip for parents to sign only if they DO NOT WANT their child to receive the Child Lures lesson. GCIS career Pathways ensures that all students receive lessons about college and career readiness.