About Our Counselors

Susie Dasher Elementary School has one full-time counselor who is available to provide support to all students, parents and staff. Before coming into the school system, I worked in case management and mental health. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Georgia Southern University, Master's in Counseling Studies from Capella University and Ed.S. in School Counseling from Georgia Southern University. I really love my role in encouraging all the children to strive for their personal best.

Counseling Services

What is the role of your school counselor? •Provide short-term individual counseling for PK-4 students to assist in goal setting based on academic, attendance, behavior, and social/emotional data.

•Provide support and assistance to students and families as they navigate crisis and emergency situations.

•Conduct classroom guidance lessons. Provide targeted (if needed) small group counseling when behavioral, social or emotional issues interfere with academic progress.

•Collaborate with parents, teachers, and administration.

•Participate in Student Support Team Meetings. Support attendance goals and initiatives.

•Connect parents to outside resources when help is needed.

•Parents, teachers, and students can initiate referrals to the counselor.

Classroom Guidance

Through books, activities and discussion, students are identifying personal strengths to positively impact school performance. All students in Grades K-4 participate in Classroom Guidance with the counselor.

Classroom Guidance lessons for Grades K-4 at Susie Dasher Elementary are inspired by American School Counselor Association National Counseling Standards for students in each grade level.

ASCA National Counseling Standards for Students

Academic Development: Standard A: Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across the life span.

Standard B: Students will complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial post-secondary options, including college.

Standard C: Students will understand the relationship of academics to the world of work and to life at home and in the community.

ASCA National Counseling Standards for Students

Career Development: Standard A: Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.

Standard B: Students will employ strategies to achieve future career goals with success and satisfaction.

Standard C: Students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education, training and the world of work.

ASCA National Counseling Standards for Students

Personal/Social: Standard A: Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others.

Standard B: Students will make decisions, set goals and take necessary action to achieve goals.

Standard C: Students will understand safety and survival skills.

Recommended Books:

•Stephen Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families

•Jim Fay, Parenting with Love and Logic

•Karen Renshaw Josline, Positive Parenting from A to Z

•Barbara Coloroso, Winning at Parenting Without Beating Your Kids

•John Rosemond, Ending the Homework Hassle

•Bernice E. Cullinan, Reading to Me: Raising Kids Who Love to Read

•Louise Bates Ames, Arnold Gesell, and Frances L. Ilg, The Child from Five to Ten

•Barbara Brooks, The Scared Child: Helping Kids Overcome Traumatic Events