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The 2016-2017 school year will be my sixth year at Olive Branch Intermediate School.  This will be my eleventh year of educational experience( Ten years in counseling and one as a High School Biology Teacher).  I have worked with all age groups and in the vocational setting.  I have experience in play therapy, behavior modification. Attention Deficit Disorder strategies, grief, divorce and many others.  I am a member of the Mississippi Counseling Association, Northwest Mississippi Counseling Association, Mississippi School Counseling Association and the American School Counseling Association.  I received a B.A. in Psychology and Masters in Counselor Education from the University of Mississippi.(OLE MISS HOTTY TODDY!!!!)


I was born and raised in Walnut, Ms.  I love to spend my weekends in Oxford, Ms.  In the fall, I enjoy spending time in the Grove and attending games in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.  Spring is my favorite time of the Year because I get to relax behind home plate and watch the Ole Miss Rebel Baseball Team at the number one setting in the country, Swayze Field.  HOTTY TODDY!!

I am an active member of Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I am active in many church activities.  I sing in the church choir and praise ensemble.  I teach the Junior small group class that includes ages 10-12 on Wednesday Nights. 


Why Elementary School Counselors?

Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, school counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success. The professional elementary school counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness.


Elementary School Counselors Implement the Counseling Program by Providing:

School Guidance Curriculum

  • Academic support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Goal setting and decision-making
  • Career awareness, exploration and planning
  • Education on understanding self and others
  • Peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Substance abuse education
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness
  • Individual student planning

Academic planning


  • Goal setting/decision- making
  • Education on understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Transition plans

Responsive Services


  • Individual and small-group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Conflict resolution
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals

System Support


  • Professional development
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
  • Program management and operation

Elementary School Counselors Collaborate with:


Parent education 
Academic planning 
College/career awareness programs 
One-on-one parent conferencing 
Interpretation of assessment results


Classroom guidance activities 
Academic support, including learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically 
Classroom speakers 
At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success


School climate 
Behavioral management plans 
School-wide needs assessments 
Student data and results 
Student assistance team building


Peer education 
Peer support 
Academic support 
School climate 
Leadership development
Job shadowing, service learning 
Crisis interventions 
Parenting classes 
Support groups 
Career education

**These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive