It is a pleasure to be given the opportunity to introduce myself to the Petal community. I am a new Middle School Panther and proud to be here among "the best and brightest middle schoolers." Middle school is an ever changing journey of development as children move into adolescence at a rapid pace. Each day might seem like you've jumped on a new ride! My goal is to be available to student needs to make the overall ride of 7th and 8th grade the best it can be.
My education includes an Associate of Arts degree from Jones County Junior College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi College, and a Master of Divinity in Psychology and Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2008, I obtained licensure in the state of Mississippi as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
My approach to counseling is multi-faceted, including physical, emotional, and social areas of growth. The plan of action for a student depends greatly upon the current needs facing that teen. I rely heavily upon Cognitive-Behavioral theories of practice and borrow from other proven and research based schools of thought as well. Since 2002, I have worked as a counselor for federal grant programs, schools districts, and in a private practice setting with persons of all ages. I have found that the teen years are full of feeling and emotion; however, it is our thought and belief systems that act as the real blueprints for our behaviors.
Being the wife of a minister to students for eleven years has provided me valuable experience to get to know teens on many levels. I value young people and the influence they have upon thier families, schools, and our ever changing culture. Teenagers have the freedom to be real. Their voice is relevant and vital to the direction of our world. In counseling I hope to walk alongside students to help them work through difficulties and achieve goals making them the people they want to be.
My door is open to students at Petal Middle School. I will be on campus Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, unless otherwise noted. I plan to meet with students on an individual basis as well as in group settings as needed. Please feel free to come see me or help a friend to see me. You can make contact through e-mail at email@example.com call the office at 584-2003 or 584-6301.
I'm looking forward to a great year of intellectual and emotional growth for our students!