• Ms. Jessica Sellitti

    This is my 1st year as a school counselor. I am very excited to be here at New Town and be a part of the Hawk Family. I got my bachelors degree in psychology and my master's in counseling at UNC Charlotte. I love my job as an elementary school counselor!  I am passionate about supporting students and helping them gain skills to be more successful at school and in life. Away from New Town, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love being active, enjoy watching movies, traveling and being with my two dogs Max and Rex. 

     

    The counseling department at New Town Elementary School provides a comprehensive and multicultural school counseling program, focusing on academic, personal/social and career development within a supportive, caring and nurturing environment, so that all children achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. We have one full-time school counselor Jessica Sellitti. She provides classroom guidance lessons, small student groups, short-term individual counseling and crisis intervention, as well as consultation for parents and teachers.

     

    You can visit Ms. Sellitti's website here.

     

    If you are the parent of a New Town Elementary student and have questions about your child, please feel free to call the office at 704 290 1525 and ask to speak to the school counselor.

    Confidentiality Statement

    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)