Welcome to Ann Smith Elementary ! I have the privilege of being the COUNSELOR at ASE. Many people wonder what a Counselor does in an Elementary school since the primary role of school counselors we remember was to schedule classes and help with career and college choices. Please check out the topic entitled
One of my goals is to create a supportive environment which enables students to be successful, to enjoy coming to school, to love learning and to be at their best every day. Thank you for being a part of our great school!! I am always available to children, parents, teachers who need to talk about a concern, want help or information regarding their child’s development. Please give me a call or email me if I can be of help to you. 601-856-6621 - Judi Sharpe
About the Counselor
Judith Sharpe,LPC, NCSC
Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified School Counselor
I've been in the business of educating children for over thirty years. After receiving my Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Mississippi College, I taught Fourth Grade and First Grade in Rolling Fork for several years before moving to Yazoo City where I was Director/Teacher of the Kindergarten program.
Raising my own four children, Nina, John Marc, Barrett and Mary Kathryn has given me a true knowledge of children's growth and development. Although I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), I often say that my children are my "most important credentials". And my grandchildren are the "icing on top" !
As Owner/Director of my own preschool program, Precept Morning School of Madison, I realized that I enjoyed spending time and working with the parents of the preschoolers. When my last child became school age, I returned to academics, earning a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and School Counseling. For nine years I enjoyed a successful Family Therapy practice in Jackson. After my last child left home, I worked for Mississippi State University Early Childhood Institute as an Evaluator and Technical Assistant traveling the state working with Child Care Centers to improve their programs. After Hurricane Katrina, my work was exclusively on the Gulf Coast for two years as part of a Mississippi State grant that helped restore, rebuild and resupply more than 60 centers across the coast.
This is my sixth year back in the academic setting. I am delighted to be "back in the school ". I truly believe that when we "train up children in the way they shall go, when they are old they will not depart from it". My philosophy is that "well-taught, healthy, happy children with a love for learning are our greatest legacy and hope for tomorrow". My personal motto is " It will all work out".