Phone: 706-310-1998 ext. 2414


Degrees and Certifications:

Certified School Counselor (PK-12) Certified School Social Worker (PK-12) Licensed Clinical Social Worker (GA), Member American School Counselors Association, Member Georgia School Counselors Association, Member, Association of American Christian Counselors

Vance Sims

Hi! My name is Vance Sims. In the 2013-14 school year, I worked as the school counselor at Auburn Elementary in Barrow County. The 7 years prior that, I was the school counselor at Gaines Elementary in Clarke County. I worked for Advantage Behavioral Health Systems providing mental health services for children and adolescents for 4 years prior to becoming a school counselor (I was actually working inside of Gaines Elementary when the school counselor left during the year). Prior to that, I was a youth and family minister at a church in Athens for a little more than 17 years. Prior to moving to Athens in 1988, I worked for an electronics retailer for 4 years in three different states. I am also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I also see clients at Bethel Haven, a counseling agency, in Watkinsville, a few afternoons/evenings each week.

My wife (Joy) and I were married in 1982. Joy has the role district behavior support person Walton (prior to that she taught in Madison, Clarke and Oconee counties). We have three adult children live in Athens, Atlanta.

My primary goal is to assist students, families and the staff at MBES with their social and emotional needs and help in continuing to develop a great school culture!