EPMS Counseling Corner: A Judgement Free Zone for Smart, Happy, & Connected students!
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Our Mission: The EPMS School Counselors' mission is to support students as they develop social/emotional, academic, and career skills in preparation for tomorrow's global society.
We empower students by:
-Setting high expectations.
-Providing individualized support services, meeting students where they are.
-Creating teachable moments in every student interaction.
Meet the Department
Catherine Anderson, IST (Instructional Support Teacher)
Ms. Catherine Anderson has been working in Special Education since 1985 at both public and private schools in both Illinois and Georgia. She graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Learning Disabilities and Social/Emotional Disorders. She completed her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Literacy from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and her Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN. As the Instructional Support Teacher, Ms. Anderson supports the teachers in writing and implementing effective IEPs for students with disabilities, she works closely with the Graduation Coach, teachers, and school psychologist in identifying and evaluating students for services, she provides training to the teachers, and works with parents to make sure they understand the processes outlined by state rules and regulations. This is her tenth year in Fulton County and her third at Elkins Pointe Middle School. She has worked at three high schools in the Northwest Learning Community prior to this school year. Outside of school, Ms. Anderson enjoys spending time with her family and cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs and the Chicago Cubs.
|||Amy Cross, School Social Worker|
Ms. Amy Cross is a native Georgian. She graduated from Berry College with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia. During her years as a social worker, Ms. Cross has worked for the state government, a private adoption agency, a therapeutic provider and for the school system. She has been in Fulton Schools for 3 years. As the school social worker, Ms. Cross works to support students' success by connecting them and their families to various resources within as well as community resources.
Traci Dease, Guidance Counselor
Ms. Traci Dease is a former Midwesterner, having lived in Michigan until moving to Atlanta in 1994. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Middle Grades Education from Clark Atlanta University with a concentration in Language Arts and Social Studies. During her nine years as an elementary and middle school teacher in DeKalb County, Ms. Dease served as a Teacher Support Specialist (TSS), Grade Level Chair and Reading Specialist. With a strong interest in education and counseling, she completed her Master's Degree in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health from Mercer University. As a professional school counselor, she enjoys supporting middle school students with academic, career, and personal/social goals and celebrates the opportunity to carry out the mission of EPMS. Ms. Dease enjoys listening to music of varied genres and volunteering in her community. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two children.
Lesia Griffin, Graduation Coach
Ms. Lesia Griffin is a native Georgian. She graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor's Degree in Math, Clark Atlanta University with a Master's degree in Education, Lincoln Memorial University with an Educational Specialist Leadership Degree, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. As a Graduation Coach, she works to ensure a successful transition of all students from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school by identifying at-risk students, tracking their progress and providing appropriate interventions. Ms. Griffin also works in the instructional support capacity to provide professional learning, technical guidance and best practice resources and materials. She also serves as the AVID and Afterschool Enrichment Program Coordinator. Ms. Griffin enjoys spending time with family and watching movies.
Dr. Deirtra Duncan, 504 Coordinator
Willie Jones, Guidance Counselor
Mr. Willie Jones earned his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Georgia State University. After developing and operating his own youth empowerment program Mr. Jones earned his Master's in Education in School Counseling from American Public University. As a counselor with diverse experiences, knowledge, and passion in his role, Mr. Jones feels that everyone has their own unique contribution to offer all children in helping them achieve their dreams and goals. Mr. Jones has served students and their families in many different roles, committing himself and every resource he has to help children succeed. Mr. Jones loves to travel, watch movies, play sports and spend time with his family, while always looking for opportunities to expand and grow in every aspect of his life. He comes to the Titan family with the motto, "Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard", and he is proud to be a Titan!!!
Ellen Walsh, Guidance Secretary
Mrs. Ellen Walsh was born and raised in New York City where she worked 8 years for JP Morgan Bank on Wall St. She and her husband relocated to Roswell in 1976 and raised three children. Mrs. Walsh has been with Fulton County for 21 years and started at Elkins Pointe when it opened in 2001 as the Media Assistant. She began her career in the Counseling Office in 2007 and handles all student records, registrations, and withdrawals. She enjoys meeting new families enrolling at Elkins and telling them all the wonderful things about living in Roswell.