• Counseling

  • 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. Mrs. Garner can be reached at dawn.garner@gcpsk12.org or 770-338-4782. Mrs. Ellis will be offering part-time support as a counselor as well! She can reached at melody.ellis@gcpsk12.org or 678-407-8829. We are here to help!

  • eClass Resources

    Links on e-Class: 

     

    ~Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity:  Students will receive classroom lessons with the counselors regarding cultural sensitivity and respecting differences. A link to optional activities/ projects regarding Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity can be found on Dyer Elementary’s Counseling Page on your student’s e-Class Course Pages.  If you decide to allow your student to participate in one of our activities by sharing your culture with us at the school, your student and their project will be spotlighted on this webpage as well as the morning announcements.    

     

    ~Weekly Character Building/ Mindfulness Lessons and tips:  Students will receive exposure to character traits and mindfulness techniques designed to build character and awareness.   

     

    ~Virtual Calm Down Room:  Students can access links to resources that could help them feel calm during times when they may feel stressed or overwhelmed.   

  • About the Counselors

    Dawn Garner

    Mrs. Garner graduated from Emory University with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. She received her Master's and Specialist in School Counseling from Georgia State University. She has been a counselor at Dyer since 2002 and in the county since 1998. Mrs. Garner is fluent in Spanish. She enjoys using puppets in her classroom lessons. Mrs. Garner often uses play counseling with students. She loves her job! 

    Melody Ellis

    Mrs. Ellis graduated from Albany State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. In 2013, she earned a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Cambridge College. Along with nineteen years of authentic teaching experience, Mrs. Ellis is also endorsed in ESOL and Gifted Education. She has been with Gwinnett County Public Schools since 2015. Mrs. Ellis loves helping students realize the possibilities through their own goal setting. It is her passion!

  • Philosophy

    Philosophy

    The Dyer Elementary School Counselors believe that all students can learn and maintains a diligent focus on academic, personal/social and career development. We assert that all students have a right to be served by the school counseling department and that the needs of every student are best addressed by a research-based data-driven comprehensive program led by competent, ethical, effective school counselors. Students should have access to a school counselor for both preventative measures and intervention as needed. We adhere to the belief that a counseling program should be evaluated and improved on a continual basis in order to adapt to and assist students as they develop and mature in an ever-changing society.

  • Vision

    Vision

    We envision success for all students in the personal/social, academic and career domains and that with a comprehensive counseling plan that has both prevention and intervention aspects, all children will achieve success in school and be prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.

  • Mission

    Mission

    We strive to remove barriers to academic achievement, promote a safe and secure environment through prevention programs, provide staff and parent consultation and conduct effective individual counseling, group sessions and classroom lessons.

  • Digital Learning Day Tips for Parents

    This letter has tips and links to help you with Digital Learning Days the rest of this school year.

    Digital Learning Day Tips for Parents

  • Digital Learning Days Tips in Spanish

    Digital Learning Days Tips for Parents in Spanish

  • Resources Near Dyer

    There are many great resources located around Dyer Elementary. Please use this Google Map link to explore local resources. 

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    Dawn Garner

    Counselor

     Phone: 770-338-4782

    dawn.garner@gcpsk12.org

     

  • Melody Ellis

    Counselor

    Melody Ellis

    Ph: 678-407-8829

    E-Mail: melody.ellis@gcpsk12.org

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