Meet Our Counselor
Centerville Elementary School has one full-time professional counselor, who is available to provide support to all students, parents and staff. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychological Services. I also received an Education Specialist Degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia. I have worked as a School Counselor for Gwinnett County Public Schools for the past twenty- five years. I love to travel, play tennis and spend time with my family.
What is the role of your school counselor?
- Provide short-term individual counseling to students to assist in goal setting based on academic, attendance, behavior, and social/emotional data.
- Provide support and assistance to students and families as they navigate crisis and emergency situations.
- Conduct classroom core curriculum lessons.
- Provide targeted small group counseling when behavioral, social or emotional issues interfere with academic progress.
- Collaborate with parents, teachers, and administration.
- Participate in Student Support Team Meetings.
- Support attendance goals and initiatives.
- Connect parents to outside resources when help is needed.
Parents, teachers, and students can initiate referrals to the counselor.
Classroom Core Curriculum lessons:Through books, activities and discussion, students identify personal strengths to positively impact school performance. All students in Grades K-5 participate in Classroom Core Curriculum lessons with the counselor.
Core Curriculum lessons for Grades K-5 at Centerville Elementary are modeled in accordance with American School Counselor Association National Counseling Standards for students in each grade level.
ASCA National Counseling Standards
Students Academic Development:Standard A: Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across the life span.Standard B: Students will complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial post-secondary options, including college.Standard C: Students will understand the relationship of academics to the world of work and to life at home and in the community.
Career Development:Standard A: Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.Standard B: Students will employ strategies to achieve future career goals with success and satisfaction.Standard C: Students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education, training and the world of work.
Personal/Social:Standard A: Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others.Standard B: Students will make decisions, set goals and take necessary action to achieve goals.Standard C: Students will understand safety and survival skills.