Counseling

  • The School Counseling Program at Sardis Elementary School addresses the social-emotional, academic, and career needs of our students. School counselors teach character education lessons in classrooms, conduct small group counseling sessions, counsel students individually as needed, help in crisis situations, and provide consultation for parents and teachers. School counselors work as advocates in the school to help all children reach their goals and have a happy, healthy, and successful school year!

    The School Counselor at Sardis Elementary School is Breanne Villas. You can reach her at 704-296-3145 or at Breanne.Villas@ucps.k12.nc.us.

    About the Counselor

    My name is Mrs. Villas and this is my sixth year at Sardis Elementary School and my 10th year as a school counselor. I live in Indian Trail with my husband, Corey, our 2 children, Rhett and Emery, and our dog, Sheldon. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, and cheering on the Auburn Tigers and Carolina Panthers. I love my time here at Sardis and am so grateful to work with such wonderful students, families, and staff.  If I can be of assistance to you or your child(ren) please reach out to me via phone or email. 

    What is the role of elementary school counselors?

    Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, school counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success. The professional elementary school counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling (ASCA). 

    Learn more about the roles of school elementary counselors.

  • 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)