Hi, ASE family!I look forward to the 2017-2018 school year to begin working with teachers, principals, parents, students, and the community to help all children at Ann Smith Elementary be successful! This year I will be working with PreK, all Kindergarten classes, and 1st grade classes (Box, Carter, Caver, Fairley, Noble, and Jackson). My mission is to create a safe and fun learning environment for all of our students. Mrs. Bishop and I will provide individual, group, and class guidance counseling throughout the year. Classroom guidance lessons will focus on ASE Character Traits and pro-social skills. Small group counseling will focus on the needs of the students such as Anger Management, Self-Management, Grief, Divorce, Friendship, and Worry. Teachers and/or parents may refer students to me throughout the year.Our plan is to implement Conscious Discipline strategies with Capturing Kids Hearts and PBIS to make our school environment fun, exciting, but most importantly safe for all that enter the building.
About the Counselor
This is my fifth year to work at ASE. I taught fourth and first grades for six years before transitioning to school counseling. This will be my second year as one of the school counselors at ASE. I am very blessed to work at a school with wonderful parents, students, teachers, and faculty.
You might wonder why I changed my profession from teacher to counselor. Well, I absolutely loved teaching and still do! However, my first year of teaching I had a challenging group of students. I noticed quickly that those students lacked some social skills to deal with their emotions. Therefore, I decided that I wanted to go back to school to get some tools on how to help all of my students succeed not only academically but socially and emotionally. So here I am now!
Now a little bit about my personal life. I grew up on a farm in Union, MS. I am very close to my family and love to visit as often as I can. I now live in Gluckstadt with my husband, Charlie and two pups, Macy and Max. My husband and I love to travel and work on projects on our house together. We are fortunate enough to live close by my in-laws; so we also enjoy family cookouts.
A fun fact about me is that I am the third generation of teachers in my family. My Mamaw taught for 36 years and my mom just started her 29th year of teaching. It is a passion for all three of us to work in the education field.I am an alumni to Union High School, East Central Community College, Mississippi State University, and Mississippi College. Each of these schools helped prepare me to be the person I am today.I look forward to working with students at Ann Smith Elementary to help their education process leave an everlasting impression on their lives!