• Mrs. Jackie Shepard, Counselor

    Basic Services:  Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Parent/Teacher Conferences,
    Career Guidance, Student Orientation and Placement

    Who is the professional school counselor?

    • Master's Degree in School Counseling
    • Certified Teacher
    • Minimum 2 years teaching experience
    • Passed a state counseling certification exam

    What do I need a counselor for?

    • Decision Making / Problem Solving
    • Goal Setting / Motivation
    • Self-esteem / Self-confidence
    • Dealing with Bullies
    • Character Education
    • Peer Mediation
    • Career Education
    • Responsive Services

    School Counselors help to keep students in the classroom and engaged in learning by teaching social-emotional coping skills and strategies to address challenges to academic success.

    Individual Planning

    School Counselors guide students to plan and manage their educational and career plans by providing information on:

    • Course Selection
    • Career Pathways
    • Skills needed for Junior High and High School
    • System Support

    School counselors coordinate support of additional campus and community resources for student success including:

    • Parent Consultation
    • Teacher/Administrator Consultation
    • Staff Development for Educators
    • Teacher to Teacher Consultation
    • Parent to Teacher Consultation
    • Special Education Referrals

    Really...what does a counselor do all day?

    On any given day...

    • Conduct individual counseling sessions
    • Conduct group counseling sessions
    • Give our teachers emotional and informational support
    • Provide professional development covering current pre-teen topics
    • Provide parents information on issues affecting their students
    • Provide information to the students
    • Coordinate social services with the community
    • Conduct character guidance lessons in classroom every 6-weeks and one mini guidance lesson each week.
    • Provide career and academic counseling
    • Conduct parent meetings
    • Act as a liaison between student and teacher; teacher and parent; and student and parent
    • Research current methods of counseling and academic interventions
    • Intervenes and guide students in resolving their student to student conflicts
    • Consult with teachers, administrators, parents and other counselors
    • Help students get organized
    • Collaborate with students to develop plans for academic, social, and emotional success
    • Lend an ear to a parent, a teacher, or a student
    • Assist with and/or administer standardized testing