People often say, "I don't know how you do it!" when referring to my job as a school counselor. Actually, I have the best job in the world! Working with students, parents, and teachers through the transition from Legos to Snapchat is what I believe I was born to do. After obtaining my BA in Psychology from Lee University and my MS in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University, I worked for a short time as a Career Counselor before realizing I was missing something. That something was working with adolescents and their families. I believe parents are the change agents for their kids' lives, so I enjoy every opportunity to support and collaborate with parents.
I have been a Professional School Counselor now for 19 years. In that time, I have been honored as the 2014 Gwinnett County Counselor of the year, a top three semi-finalist for Georgia School Counselor of the Year 2014, and I was nominated for American School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year 2015. In 2017, my counseling team was awarded RAMP School of Distinction which is the American School Counselor Association's highest recognition for outstanding Comprehensive School Counseling Programs across the country. In addition, my small group interventions were published in the ASCA National Model: Implementation Guide, second edition.
On a personal note, I have two daughters and my husband Scott of 26 years. We moved to Oconee to be closer to his wonderful family that I love dearly. I enjoy cooking yummy meals, baking cakes, drinking coffee, and sitting on the back porch with my friends and family having endless conversations. And I love to cheer on the Dawgs!