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Guidance

School Counseling Staff

Ashley Thorne

School Counselor, Grade 10

Tracy Johnson

School Counselor, Grade 11

Kimberly MacDonald

School Counselor, Grade 12

Sarah Beebe

School Counselor, CTA Students

Ellen Oldham

School Counselor, Grade 9

Penny Martin

Registrar

School Counselor Responsibilities

A school counselor’s role is to assist students with their academic, career, and social/emotional goals and needs. School counselors are state certified and have a Master’s degree in counseling. While counselors do not provide therapy, they can assist students in a variety of ways including problem-solving, developing critical thinking skills, and setting and achieving goals. A school counselor’s responsibilities are as follows:

  • Counsels students based on their individual needs and concerns
  • Helps students assess their strengths and weaknesses
  • Provides individual counseling to students focusing on personal, career, and academic areas
  • Provides students with information about the SAT and ACT
  • Assists students with post-graduation planning, including college, employment, military, and other paths
  • Coordinates college, military, trade/technical visitation programs and provides student recommendations
  • Links students with community agencies and resources to provide supplemental support
  • Works with students to ensure appropriate course selection and course scheduling with regard to graduation requirements
  • Facilitates contact between parents and teachers for the purpose of monitoring student progress

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