• Update on Guidance Semester

    We continue our work on learning healthier responses to emotionally intense experiences.

    Learning that we can be the "Boss of our Brain" which gives us a greater sense of control.

    Developing the mindset of I can instead of I can't

    Understanding the value of setting goals

    Learning to be a good friend

    Defining and demonstrating empathy

    Learning to apologize

    Developing awareness that communication can hurt and harm


Lori Sugarman
Can and Can't
  • Greetings!

       I'm Lori Sugarman, Jamestown Elementary's new school counselor this year.  I am happy to be back in my hometown of Greensboro where I went to Claxton, Kiser, Grimsley, Guilford College and UNCG.   

       So proud of my three children, now all in their 30's, who live in Atlanta.  I like to say I survived teenagehood 3 times.  You will too!

       For the past 15 years, prior to this year's move to NC,  I've maintained a private pediatric counseling practice to help children overcome poor self-attitudes, high levels of anxiety, and habits that interfere with productive growth.  I feel grateful for the opportunity to work with about 400 students a week at Jamestown Elementary and openly discuss areas of social and emotional development.

       For fun I love to draw, illustrate, write poems and write children's short stories.  We draw a lot in guidance class because many students say, "I can't."  It reinforces that  practice builds skill  along with the practice of saying "I can" or "I can learn" or "I can become better at anything with practice." 

       I love sports, basketball, tennis, biking, yoga, hiking and soccer.  My mother, Barbara Blum, is in the NC Soccer Hall of Fame for bringing youth soccer to NC in the 70's before a soccer field existed.  She taught me if something doesn't exist for your children, make it happen.


    Time with Students

    • I am fortunate to meet with every classroom and every student on a weekly basis and help students sort through social-emotional trials, turmoil and growth. 
    • When students complete our discussions and a tabled activity, they are invited to stretch on the shaggy blue carpet with one of  many books I have available for all reading levels.
    • Sometimes, students build or do puzzles with each other to teach cooperation and collaboration.
    • Through conversation, mediation, role modeling, student demonstration, partner work and writing exploration, students can learn to have healthier responses to challenging situations.

    Small counseling groups and individual counseling sessions are provided on an as-needed basis.  


    Contact Info

    I invite you to contact me with any concerns regarding your child you want to discuss.

    Email:  sugarml@gcsnc.com

    Call:    336- 819-2110 and ask for Ms. Sugarman.  The ideal time to reach me is 7:00-7:45 or 2:15-3:00 pm M-F.