• Laurel VanZandt--6th Grade Counselor 

    Hello and Welcome to my page!

    My name is Laurel Van Zandt. I am the 6th Grade Counselor this year at GMS!


                                        { IMPORTANT DATES/INFO }

    Final Day of the 23-24 school year: Friday, May 24


    First Day of the 24-25 school year: Thursday, August 1


    Who is Miss VanZandt??! A little about me....

    I am from Meridian, MS.

    This is my 9th year as a School Counselor and I absolutely love what I do!


    I earned my Bachelors degree in Educational Psychology at Mississippi State in Starkville. 

    Next stop, I worked at Oxford Floral Company in Oxford for a few months. What fun!

    I returned to school to earn my Masters degree in School Counseling at Mississippi State in Meridian. 

    After graduation, I moved to Memphis, TN and worked as a school counselor at a middle school in Southaven for 7 years. 

    Ultimately, I wanted to be closer to family, so I moved to Ridgeland during the summer of 2022 and worked at an elementary in Clinton. 

    This year, I am beyond excited and feel incredibly grateful to join Madison County Schools

    and the Maverick family here at Germantown Middle!! 


    I am here to support to you and your student(s), so please don't hesitate to reach out to me any time! 

    Email: Lau172@madison-schools.com

    Phone: 601-859-0376, extension 2210

    GO MAVS!!!!! It's going to be a GREAT year! 

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    *I have enjoyed volunteering and serving my community since my high school days.

    *I am a member of the Junior League of Jackson. 

    *I am a 'Friend' (member) of the USA International Ballet Competition.

    *I participated in four 5k's while living in Memphis, TN. I hate to run, but love to support a good cause!

    *I attend First Pres, Jackson.

    *I consider myself a "Bulldog on paper", but a "Rebel at heart" ~ HOTTY TODDY!

    Favorite music: Disco/70's & 80's.

    Favorite colors: Blues/Greens & Oranges/Pinks.

    Favorite food: Sweets (especially chocolate), Pasta, Pizza, & Tacos.

    Other things I love:

    *Interior design.   *Clothes/Shoes.    *School Dress-up Days.

    *Rom-com & Action shows/movies.     *Animals.    *Bowling.

    *The beach.    *White water rafting & Kayaking.      *Hiking.   

    *Spending time with friends & family.   *Traveling.   *Flowers.  


    I am looking forward to getting to know YOU, too!!!