The mission of the Harmony Elementary counseling program is to promote student success by removing barriers to children’s learning, whether the barriers are academic, emotional or family concerns. Through classroom guidance, small group counseling and individual counseling, the counseling program aims to help each student reach his or her highest potential. Working with staff, families, and community members the counseling program strives to create a caring environment in which all students may become responsible learners and productive members of the community as they prepare for the future.
I am excited to join the Harmony Elementary School family as your Professional School Counselor. I look forward to getting to know you over the course the school year.
I grew up in Athens and Commerce, GA, and have spent the past 11 years working in rural middle-Georgia with students in Pre-k through 2nd grade. Before becoming a school counselor, I was a Studio Art major at Piedmont College in Demorest, GA, and spent my early career as a graphic artist in Athens. I transitioned from that field to pursue a career where I could make a larger impact and do more meaningful work. I earned a Master’s of Education from UGA in Professional School Counseling between 2002-2004, and have been working as a school counselor ever since.
When not working and seeking professional development, I love to read, write, draw, and paint. I have recently gotten involved with 3D modeling, animation, and printing. Sheila and I like to watch movies and travel together.
I am ready to help, and look forward to hearing from you.
Harmony Elementary Counseling Services
Your school counselor implements a comprehensive developmental model to facilitate student growth in the personal-social, academic, and career domains via Individual Counseling, Small Group Counseling, and Classroom Guidance Lessons.
Some students may benefit from one-on-one support through short-term individual counseling. Individual sessions with students are scheduled as requested by students, parents, and teachers.
Small Group Counseling
Small groups are formed based on student needs, and typically last from 6-12 weeks, depending on the group design and age of the students. Groups may center around making positive choices, friendship skills, resiliency, coping with grief and loss, or building a positive self-concept. Parent permission is required for group participation.
Classroom Guidance Lessons occur when your school counselor visits the entire class at once to teach a lesson based on developmental needs. Your counselor visits all classes at Harmony to deliver lessons in academic, personal-social, and career domains.
Working with Adults:
Parents are a vital component of the culture, climate, and student growth at Harmony. Your counselor is here to support you and your students, as well as a resource for bridging home and school life for your children. You can meet with your counselor by appointment or attend one of the parent workshops held during the school year.
Systems Work and Advocacy
The counselor is your ally in promoting student growth at Harmony. Every student deserves to be safe and loved throughout every day. The counselor teams with adults and students to improve climate issues, promote growth, and address needs specific to Harmony. Input from parents and students is welcome.
Student confidentiality is important to me! As the school counselor, I recognize that my relationships with students are built on trust. If I feel it is appropriate for parents or teachers to be notified of an issue, I will ask for the student's permission to do so. I try my best to balance communicating with parents with respecting the student’s right to privacy.
However, there are important exceptions:
- Potential Harm to Self or Others
- Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect
- Court or Other Legal Proceedings
- Confidentiality in group sessions cannot be guaranteed due to the fact that other students are present