Greetings! It is my honor to serve you as Erwin’s school counselor. I have worked here since 2003 and been a school counselor with GCS since 1999. Prior to working with the schools, I worked with children and families in the community mental health system and in private practice. I received my Master's Degree in School Counseling from NC A & T (Aggie Pride!) and have a National Board Certification in School Counseling. When I am not at Erwin, you will find me somewhere in nature-maybe camping, hiking, biking or walking my dog on the awesome trails and greenways in N.C. I LOVE the great outdoors, traveling and all kinds of music. The loves of my life are my husband, my own kiddos Nick, Austin and Nicole, and my pets. I have a passion for healthy living and love sharing this with others. Fun Fact-I skydived from an airplane to celebrate my 50th birthday!
School Counseling Duties and Responsibilities:A school counselor is a very important part of the school staff. School counselors help all students in the areas of academics, personal/social development, and career awareness. This means that school counselors help students become better learners, better people, and successful members of a community. Here at Erwin, I teach classroom guidance lessons to each pre K-5th grade classroom every week.The students learn about all kinds of things in guidance and/or in counseling, such as: friendship skills, problem-solving skills, feelings, good character (respect, honesty, etc.), study skills, work skills, careers, dealing with bullying/bully prevention, making good choices, how to deal with a loss, as well as other important topics.I am passionate about teaching children to be peaceful problem solvers and be a part of the solution, not the problem.I also provide individual and group counseling for our students. Counseling sessions usually run once a week for thirty minutes, for about four to six weeks. I can also refer students for more long-term counseling with a therapist in the community. Please ask if you need a list of therapists.
I wear several "hats" as Erwin’s school counselor, with teaching classroom guidance lessons and conducting individual/group counseling as the two main responsibilities (Also my favorites as I'm working with the students!). Some of the other responsibilities include Intervention SupportTeam (IST) Coordinator, 504 Coordinator, consulting with school staff, parents/guardians, and community; and Peer Mediator Advisor. I work closely with students and teachers to provide intensive interventions in academic areas and with behavior help.Please contact me if you have a concern about your child. I am glad to help your child and to help you.