Excellent school counselor with proven capabilities in counseling, academic support, college and career development. Committed to helping students discover their unique path to success and fulfillment.
Experience working with special needs students
Teaching, tutoring and counseling expertise
Active participation in Response to Intervention (RTI)
Excellent classroom management skills
Active participation in PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support)
Fantastic customer service training
Poverty Workshop, Strawberry Plains, TN; Grief Counseling Skills in Social Work and Counseling, Knoxville, TN; Disciplining with Dignity, Knoxville, TN and Anxiety Disorders: Diagnosis, Research and Treatment, Knoxville.
American School Counseling Association Anxiety and Stress Management Specialist - in progress.
School CounselorAug 2014 to Current L&N STEM Academy Knox County Schools － Knoxville, TN
Skillfully scheduled, acclimated and transitioned 350 incoming freshmen to Karns High School through providing SWAG mentors, correct placement in classes, social/emotional support, and continual monitoring of their progress throughout the year.
Continuously facilitates and encourages students' reaching their full potential through applications and acceptances into Governor's School, Haslam Scholars Program, National Achievers Society, and other honors and awards programs.
Created and leads a club called Planned Acts of Kindness (PAK) that focuses on doing acts of kindness and compassion.
Students meet weekly to engage in activities that make the world a brighter, more positive place.
Teachers, bus drivers, military service members, the elderly, homeless, animal rescues, and others have all been beneficiaries of Planned Acts of Kindness.
Social emotional learning is the driving force behind this movement.
Freshman Counselor/Junior & Senior CounselorJul 2009 to Jul 2014 Karns High School, Knox County Schools － Knoxville, TN
Planned and orchestrated 8th grade registration which included 8th Grade Parent Night, all middle school visits for high school registration, 8th Grade Visit during school day and course data entry for rising 9th graders.
Middle school visits for course registration were with Northwest Middle, Karns Middle, Bearden Middle, Powell Middle and Cedar Bluff Middle.
Selected, trained and supervised the SWAG mentors (Students Welcoming Another Grade) in assisting with the spring 8th grade visit and 8th grade orientation in August.
There were 90 mentors and 300 8th graders.
Monitored 9th graders through a grade-tracking spreadsheet who attended the Summer Bridge program and transitioned to high school.
Collaborated with Freshman teachers to place students in The Learning Center as needed.
The Learning Center was used for freshmen that were failing one or more core subjects and could benefit from dropping an elective to get tutoring.
Used spreadsheet to track students' progress to see if intervention was working.
Created interventions for at-risk students through individual counseling and collaborating with climate counselor from Helen Ross McNabb.
Identified freshmen to be placed in Jamestown Reading program and worked closely with reading specialist and English teacher to coordinate this effort.
Communicated with parents to obtain their approval and buy in.
Met weekly with Freshman teachers to discuss students of concern and collaborate about ideas and supports to help.
Scheduled student support team meetings or parent conferences as needed.
Coordinated the AP Exam program including announcements, order/money collection, exam ordering, room scheduling, proctor training, and post exam shipments.
As Junior counselor, organized and planned the annual College Fair at Karns High School, in which over 100 post-secondary institutions were represented.
Instrumental in successful Freshman Academy re-launch through planning staff field trips to schools with Freshman academies (Fulton High, Carter High and the Patriot Academy) and leading staff planning meetings.
School CounselorJul 2008 to Jun 2009 West High School Knox County Schools － Knoxville, TN
Responsible for all 9-12th grade students in a portion of the alphabet in terms of scheduling, academic monitoring, college and career guidance and social/emotional support.
Created, updated and revised the scholarship bulletin to enable students opportunities to make college more affordable.
Managed the Jefferson County E-school online learning program for students who needed credit recovery or new credit in order to graduate on time.
Assisted with exam proctoring for the PSAT, the PLAN test, the Writing Assessment, and AP exams.
School CounselorJul 2005 to Jul 2008 Norwood Middle School, Anderson County Schools － Oliver Springs, TN
Worked with the Family Resource Director to ensure needy students had the food, clothing and other necessary items they needed to be successful in school.
Scheduled all 6-8th grade students in all courses at Norwood Middle School.
Collaborated on team of Anderson County middle school counselors in the development and orchestration of annual Career Day at Clinton Middle School.
All 8th graders attended this field trip to participate in the Career Day.
Participated in the Self-Determination Project with a University of Tennessee Master's Degree student by leading lessons on self advocacy with 8th grade students in special education.
Utilized the Kuder Career Planning Assessment with 8th graders to guide them towards future career possibilities.
Ensured correct placement of 8th graders into Clinton High School courses by collaborating extensively with the freshman counselor.
Planned, coordinated and led 5th grade orientation with an excellent outcome.
This orientation included a talent show, a slide show, student speakers, a school tour and lunch at the middle school for the visiting 5th graders.
Coordinated all testing details regarding T-cap exams, Explore test, and Writing Assessment for 3 years with no irregularities.
Created and maintained all 504 plans and developed behavior plans for at-risk students.
Managed and scheduled student support team meetings.
Planned and organized a career day at Norwood Middle School where local people in STEM careers spoke about their careers to the student body.
Invited SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) to speak to the student body.
This group came from Anderson County High School.
Was voted Employee of the Month by fellow staff.
School CounselorJul 2004 to Jul 2005 Jefferson County Schools － Jefferson, TN
Led classroom lessons on bullying prevention, character education, self-control, friendship, and other life skills.
Participated in student support teams and IEP team meetings.
Provided individual and small group counseling to many students.
Provided grief counseling to student body and individual students after the death of a classmate.
Education and Training
Master of Education, School Counseling and GuidanceLincoln Memorial University － Harrogate, TennesseeSchool Counseling and Guidance
Bachelor of Science, English EducationMinnesota State University － Moorhead, MinnesotaEnglish Education
Activities and Honors
American School Counseling Association (ASCA), National Association for College Admission Counseling
(NACAC) and Smoky Mountain Counseling Association (SMCA)