Hello from Ms. Wooden!
I am thrilled to be the counselor at High Point Elementary! I received my B.A. and B.S. from The University of Georgia and a M.Ed. and ED.S. from Georgia State University. This is my fourth year working with the amazing staff, students, and parents at High Point.
How does the counselor work with students?
Classroom Guidance- The counselor will visit each classroom once a month to deliver a lesson to the entire class. Topics covered will include self-concept, emotional intelligence, conflict management, study skills, personal safety, friendship, peer pressure, bullying, and careers.
Small Group Counseling- The counselor will meet with small groups of students sharing a common need or concern. Group sessions will be offered in the fall and spring, and topics will be based on student needs at that time. Students can be referred by administration, teachers, or parents.
Individual Counseling- The counselor is available to meet individually with students. Individual sessions are scheduled with students as requested by students, parents, and teachers.
Can parents meet with the counselor?
Parent consultation to discuss student academic, behavioral, and social concerns is available upon request.
School Counseling Mission Statement:
My mission is to provide a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program which addresses the academic, social/emotional, and career development of all students. The counseling program works to remove barriers to learning so that all students are capable of becoming responsible, independent, and successful learners.
I Believe that:
- removing barriers to learning allows all students to reach a level of success and achievement
- students thrive when they feel accepted and encouraged in a safe environment for learning
- students should be supported academically, emotionally, and socially
- independence and responsibility can be fostered in children through learning and problem solving
The school counseling program will:
- reach every student
- be comprehensive, developmental, and preventative in nature
- utilize the national standards as the foundation for classroom guidance that supports academic, career and personal/social development
- use data to advocate for student needs
- collaborate with educators, families, and the community
The school counselor will:
- design and manage a comprehensive school counseling program in collaboration with school administrators
- analyze and reflect upon current practices in order to guide future program goals
- abide by state and national ethical standards
- participate in professional development activities in order to maintain a quality school counseling program