How Can We Help

Drake’s counseling team can help students with a variety of topics that often arise during middle school, such as:

  • Bullying
  • Self-esteem
  • porce
  • Transitions
  • Grief/loss
  • Study skills and organization
  • Personal identity
  • Peer Conflict

Wondering about our roles within the Counseling Department? Here’s a quick snapshot of what we do

School Counselors

Mandy Hodson- 7th Grade

Bonnie Acree- 8th Grade

Drake’s school counselors are responsible for supporting the social/emotional, academic, and career development of students. While working within the framework of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), we will spend time in classroom, group, and inpidual settings in order to meet the needs of all students. More specifically, some of the ways we will serve the school this year include:

· Developing classroom lessons centered around students' social/emotional, academic, and career goals

· Facilitating small groups

· Working with students inpidually

· Building upon the career development of students

· Collaborating with teachers, school staff, and families

· Conducting after school parenting seminars

· Promoting the academic progress of all students

Social Worker

Kearn Walker

School based social workers are first and foremost advocates for students. Social workers are trained as mental health professionals who can assist with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents and administrators as well as provide inpidual and group counseling.

Social Emotional Learning Specialist (SELS)

Kemper Smith

SELS do not teach subjects, we teach students subjects. Toward that end, the responsibilities of SELS include helping students develop fundamental emotional and social competencies through intervention strategies. These strategies include one-on-one support, group work, classroom and teacher support, and collaborative problem solving with students, staff and parents.

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