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
If you need immediate mental health support for your student, contact the GCAL Line: 1-800-715-4225 or through the MyGCAL App: https://tinyurl.com/myGCALApp.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454) (TTY users: use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-8000-273-8255) OR Text the Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
Counseling Events and Announcements
School counselors at Crews serve ALL students by providing programs and services that support development in academics, social/emotional health, and career readiness. Every child has unique skills and abilities which can prepare them for success. At the same time, they also may face personal and systemic challenges. Shoulder-to-shoulder with families, teachers, and administration, school counselors are a part of the team that makes our school truly great.
School Counselors provide classroom lessons, small groups, and one-on-one sessions. Some of the common skills we focus on include: problem-solving, decision making, stress, conflict resolution, working cooperatively, resilience, leadership, and personal growth. Students may visit counselors as needed and parents will be notified as needed. Parents and teachers may refer students to a counselor if a concern arises.
ELIZABETH BUTLER, 6TH GR COUNSELOR
770-736-4156 / Elizabeth.Butler@gcpsk12.org
Mrs. Butler is a native of South Carolina, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and her Master of Education degree in Post-Secondary Counseling & Guidance from Clemson University. She worked for ten years at colleges and universities in the area of substance abuse prevention. She completed her Education Specialist degree in K-12 Professional School Counseling at the University of Georgia and has been a school counselor for eleven years. She has two children who attended Crews Middle and Brookwood High School. She believes that building relationships with students and families leads to a positive and successful middle school experience.
Shayla Thompson, 7TH GR COUNSELOR
Mrs. Thompson earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science and Master of Education in Professional Counseling degrees both from The University of Georgia. Mrs. Thompson has four years of counseling experience in middle and high school settings. Her first career was in College Advising but after two years of leading high school students through the post-secondary process, she returned to graduate school to purse her passion for school counseling. Her “why” for being a school counselor is the kids. She believes all students need a champion and advocate who keeps their best interest in the forefront. She is married with one child and loves traveling, listening to music and singing, trying new food, and watching football.
TAJAH PINKARD, 8TH GR COUNSELOR
770-736-8647 / Tajah.Pinkard@gcpsk12.org
Ms. Pinkard, a former resident of California and South Carolina, is happy to join the School Counseling team at Crews Middle School. She is a proud graduate of Spelman College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, which sparked her interest in working with the K-12 population as she “makes a choice to change the world.” Ms. Pinkard also earned a Master of Education and Education Specialist in Professional School Counseling from the University of Georgia. She looks forward to being a safe space for all 8th grade students, while also helping them prepare for future success. Outside of school, her hobbies include watching drama series, reading books, and spending time with her nephews.