MYP School Counselor
Hello and welcome!
I earned my bachelor's degree in English from Michigan State University and my master's degree in Counseling from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. This is my sixthyear in school counseling and my fifth year as the counselor at JCIB PG. My favorite IB Learner Profiles are Balanced and Reflective. You can learn more about the IB Learner Profiles HERE.
As a professional school counselor, I see my main responsibilty with students is to help guide them into making healthy choices, and counseling them on how to articulate thier thoughts and feelings with confidence. Students are not required to make appointments to see the counselor; my door is always open. :-)
Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, beaches, freinds and family. Oh, and I often frequent local coffee shops within the birmingham area!
Why Middle School Counselors?
Middle school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child and adolescent development, learning strategies, self-management and social skills. We implement comprehensive school counseling programs to support students in the areas of academic, career and social/emotional development.
- Adapted from the American School Counselor Association, 2019
During the school day, counselors focus their skills, time and energy on direct and indirect services to students through several different formats.
Classroom Guidance: Throughout the school year, I will teach lessons that address several topics related to conflict resolution, career exploration, stress awareness. Lessons are designed from yearly student surveys (needs assessments) as well as the comprehensive school counseling and guidance state model for Alabama Public Schools.
Small Group Counseling: Small group counseling provides students with assistance to improve skills in the areas of personal/social development. It provides a safe setting where students can increase their self-awareness and improve on their communication skills. Groups are conducted with no more than 6-8 individuals. Topics vary based on student needs. Teacher and counselor recommendations are considered in student participation.
Individual Counseling: Some students are seen on an individual basis for personal reasons. Conversations discussed between student and counselor are kept confidential unless someone is hurting the student, the student wants to hurt someone or the student wants to hurt him/herself.