Meet Our Counselors
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Yasirah Powers-Kouassi
My name is Yasirah Powers-Kouassi and I am your school counselor. This is my first year here at Baggett and I am so excited to be a part of this amazing school! I work primarily with fourth and fifth graders. Although I am new to Baggett Elementary, I have a decade of experience counseling families, individuals, and groups in the Gwinnett community as a licensed professional counselor. I graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and again with a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling.
I have passion for wellness, wholeness and encouraging student’s social, emotional and academic development. I strive to make Baggett Elementary an inclusive community where students feel safe to learn, share and grow. Some of the ways I achieve this goal is by providing the following services, classroom guidance lessons, referral assistance to community agencies and resources, individual counseling, small groups, and career and academic guidance and exploration.
If you have any concerns about how I can help your student please contact me by email or phone. I love hearing from families about the individual needs of our students and learning how I can assist with those needs. I look forward to partnering with you this year on helping our student’s growth and academic success.
Yasirah Powers-Kouassi, LPC
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Alexandra Schechte
Dear Family Members and Guardians,
My name is Xandra Schlechte and I am so excited to be at Baggett Elementary School as the School Counselor for second and third grade. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Family and Child Sciences and Psychology from Florida State University. My time spent working within schools and as part of an in-home counseling team led me to combine these passions and pursue a Master's degree in Professional School Counseling with a Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Georgia.
I care deeply about creating a positive, nurturing, and inclusive environment for all of our students and ensuring each and every student knows they are a valued member of the Baggett community. As a school counselor, I encourage student learning and achievement through meeting for individual sessions, leading small groups, and delivering classroom lessons related to social-emotional learning, careers/college readiness, and academic success.
I believe that communication and collaboration between the school, home, and community allows us to best support our students and their families. Through working together as a team with you, your student, and our staff here at Baggett, we can help your student achieve success at school and at home.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns, or thoughts, I am thrilled to be working with you and your student to make it a Terrific Titan year here at Baggett!
Xandra Schlechte (she/her/hers)
Counselor K, 2, 3
Google Voice: 470-465-0860
email me: email@example.com
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Suzette Daniel
Greetings Baggett Family,
My name is Suzette Daniel and I am so happy to return to Baggett as your part-time counselor. After retiring from an educational career of 32 years, it is exciting to again utilize my experience as a Teacher, an Assistant Principal, a Graduation Coach, and over 22 years as a Counselor.
I come to this new stage of life with a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching from Michigan State University, a Master’s Degree in Middle School Education from Georgia State University, a Master’s Degree in School Counseling also from Georgia State University, and a Specialist Degree in School Administration from Troy University.
It is my pleasure to be back at Baggett part-time, after helping to Open the school and serving 4 years as a full-time counselor. It feels like coming home! My focus is to work with students, teachers, parents and staff to support the academic, social and emotional needs of all of our students. The ultimate goal of student success is what I strive to achieve.
Currently, I am not assigned to specific grade levels, therefore, I will be assisting our fulltime counselors by providing classroom lessons for our assigned digital students. This will include career education, personal safety, as well as other critical lessons. In addition, I will assist with individual and small group counseling provide referrals to community agencies, support schoolwide initiatives, and provide guidance through the Student Support Team.
My office hours are Wednesdays 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm and all-day Thursday and Friday. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, Google Voice for text messages: (470) 236-6658, by Phone at: (678) 226-2765.
Suzette Daniel, M. Ed, Ed. S.
The School Counselor’s Role
School counselors design and deliver school counseling programs that improve student outcomes. They lead, advocate and collaborate to promote equity and access for all students by connecting their school counseling program to the school’s academic mission and school improvement plan. They uphold the ethical and professional standards of ASCA and promote the development of the school counseling program based on the following areas of the ASCA National Model: define, deliver, manage and assess.
Who are School Counselors?
School counselors are certified/licensed educators who improve student success for ALL students by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program.School counselors help all students: apply academic achievement strategies, manage emotions and apply interpersonal skills, and plan for postsecondary options.
Why Elementary School Counselors?
The elementary school years set the foundation for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for children to
become healthy, competent and confident learners. Elementary school counselors have an impact on these years by implementing a school counseling program and collaborating with school staff, parents and the community to create a safe and
respectful learning environment. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, elementary school
counselors help their students achieve academic success, develop an understanding of career opportunities and develop social/
emotional skills in response to issues they face.
The mission of the Baggett school counseling program is to ensure that each student reaches his or her full potential by enhancing academic knowledge, skills, and behavior through partnering with parents, teachers, and the community. The Baggett school counseling program will be developmental, preventative, and proactive facilitating an atmosphere of encouragement and meeting the needs of all students, which will result in measurable improvement against local, national, and world-class standards.
- You have worth and value
- You have the ability to make wise decisions
- You deserve to be treated with dignity and respect
- You have the strength that can be built upon
- You are ultimately responsible for your choices
- You should never, never give up
Baggett school counselor(s) shall abide by the professional ethics and guidance according to the American School Counselor Association