The primary audience for the "Counselors' Corner" is parents. We want to inform parents about the school counseling program and state our willingness to work as part of a team to maximize the functioning of all South Middle School students. A school counseling program is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design and developmental in nature. The South Middle counseling program is designed to ensure that every student receives the program benefits. The program focuses on what students should know, understand, and be able to do in 3 areas: academic, career, and personal/social. The majority of the school counselors' time is spent in direct services with students; however, the counselors are available to parents and staff for consultation. We support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the community.
What is Counseling?
Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals (American Counseling Association, 2010). Counselors at SMS help students with immediate concerns, but may need to offer community counseling resources to parents and guardians if long term counseling is needed.
Mrs. Moore is the 6th Grade Counselor and she also counsels students who are in the 8th grade with the last name starting with A to L. She has worked at South Middle for the past 10 years. Mrs. Moore attended John Marshall High School and graduated from West Liberty with a degree in Elementary Education. She received her School Counseling degree from West Virginia University.
Mrs. Roberts is the 7th Grade Counselor and she also works with 8th Grade students who have the last name starting with M to Z. She is new to Monongalia County this year, but she worked in Jefferson and Berkeley County for the past 10 years. Mrs. Roberts attended Iaeger High School, Concord University and West Virginia University and has a degree in Secondary English Education as well as School Counseling.