Degrees and Certifications:
M.A., LPSC, NCC
This is my first year at Marvin Elementary and my 2nd year as a School Counselor. Prior to becoming a School Counselor, I worked in Childcare as a Toddler Teacher turned Administrator. During my time in childcare, I realized that my passion for helping students centered around their social-emotional needs and I went back to school to obtain my Master's in School Counseling. I graduated from UNC-Charlotte with my Master's in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling in May of 2020. My favorite part of the role of a school counselor is the direct services we get to provide to students. I so enjoy directly interacting with students through classroom character education & social-emotional lessons, individual counseling sessions, and group counseling.
As a profesional school counselor, I will strive to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that encompasses students' developmental needs in regards to academics, career, and social-emotional development. I will advocate for students' involvement in a developmentally appropriate setting that fosters a safe and supportive learning environment. I will work collaboratively and cohesively with students, families, colleagues, district personnel, and community members to provide students with the resources and guidance necessary for them to thrive and grow academically, socially, and emotionally. As a Professional School Counselor, I will uphold the professional standards referenced by the American School Counselor Association and will continue to educate myself in the evolving field through continuing education opportunities.
School counselors recognize their primary obligation for confidentiality is to the student but balance that obligation with an understanding of the family or guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives (ASCA Code of Ethics).
The role of the school counselor in regards to confidentiality is:
- To support the students right to privacy and protect confidential information received from students, the family, guardian and staff members
- To explain the meaning and limits of confidentiality to students in developmentally appropriate terms
- To provide appropriate disclosure and informed consent regarding the counseling relationship and confidentiality
- To inform students and the family of the limits to confidentiality when: Student poses a danger to self or others, Court ordered disclosure, Consultation with other professionals in support of the student i.e. colleagues, supervisors, treatment teams, and other support personnel
- To keep personal notes separate from educational records and not disclose their contents except when privacy exceptions exist
- To seek guidance from supervisors and appropriate legal advice when their records are subpoenaed
- To assert their belief that information shared by students is “confidential” and should not be revealed without the student’s consent
- To adhere to all laws protecting student records, health information, and special services (i.e., HIPAA, FERPA, IDEA)