Since we celebrate National School Counseling Week from Feb. 1-5, I’d like to help the public understand more about the school counseling program.
In Tennessee, we as counselors work from something called “Tennessee Model for Comprehensive School Counseling.” This model represents what a school counseling program should include. School counselors are a vital part of the instructional team that promotes student success. Counselors are specially trained to serve as leaders and advocates.
The purpose of this model is to help us focus on the challenges facing our children, families and communities. These duties are to be delivered by a licensed school counselor which requires a master’s degree or higher in school counseling.
A counselor’s time is divided into the following categories: Guidance Curriculum, Individual Student Planning, Responsive Services and System Support.
I’ve been serving as a school counselor in Warren County for 22 years. No two days are the same. Some of the things we do which I did not mention above are providing the Fuel Program which provides snack bags for students in need to take home over the weekend, sponsoring the Move2Stand groups at our schools that support positive school climates for our students, planning career fairs or college fairs for students, coordinating the provision of clothes for students in need, and many more duties.
Counselors do work in conjunction with Students Services, which includes Lori Snow and Amanda Jones. We also work with the Family Resource Center run by Kathy Collier and Sharon Hargrove.
Warren County School Counselors include: Becky Partin at Bobby Ray, Dana Grissom at Centertown, Chastity Wrisner at Dibrell, Shawn Palombo at Eastside, Christi Slatton at Hickory Creek, Jennifer Loh at Irving College, Lindsey Matheny at Morrison, Kathy Ewton, Marisa Young, Kari Burnett, Kerri McGiboney, and Lynn Seals at WCHS, Stacy Smith and Rosemary Hillard at WCMS, and Emily Haston at West Elementary.
All of our school counselors work very hard to provide services so please join us in celebrating National School Counseling Week.
Shawn Palombo is a guidance counselor at Eastside School.