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Weakley County School Counselors Fill Critical Role

Weakley County Schools employs the following professionals in the role of school counselors: (L to R, Top) Dresden High – Sierra Kirk; Westview High – Shannon McWherter; Gleason – Kerri Maddox; Dresden Middle – Jamie Rickman; Sharon – Sunni Cooksey; Westview High – Erica Myers; Greenfield – Sherry Page; Martin Middle – Jerrie Moseley; Martin Elementary – Amy Tuck; (L to R, Bottom) Dresden Elementary – Megan Mitchell; Gleason and Greenfield Elementary – Alivia Joes; Martin Primary – Nancy Stutzman.

BY KAREN CAMPBELL

Weakley County Schools Communications Director

WEAKLEY COUNTY (February 7) – February 7-11 is a nationwide opportunity to learn more about the work of the school counselor. Weakley County Schools employs the following professionals in that role: Dresden High – Sierra Kirk; Westview High – Shannon McWherter; Gleason – Kerri Maddox; Dresden Middle – Jamie Rickman; Sharon – Sunni Cooksey; Westview High – Erica Myers; Greenfield – Sherry Page; Martin Middle – Jerrie Moseley; Martin Elementary – Amy Tuck; Dresden Elementary – Megan Mitchell; Gleason and Greenfield Elementary – Alivia Joes; Martin Primary – Nancy Stutzman.

“We celebrate the commitment and dedication our school counselors exhibit daily as they work with students, families, teachers, and administrators,” said Weakley County Schools Director Randy Frazier. “We are pleased that with local funding subsidizing state monies, we are able to place an age-focused school counselor at every school site. They are critical to addressing student academic development, social and emotional development, and college and career readiness.”

The Tennessee Board of Education approved a full revision of the Comprehensive School Counseling Model of Practice and Student Standards to go into effect the 2018-19 school year. This framework and standards dictate the day-to-day activities of all professional school counselors working with students from kindergarten to 12th grade including:

  1. Deliver large group, classroom, and schoolwide curricula designed to help students achieve mastery of counseling standards appropriate for their developmental level.
  2. Utilize individual student appraisal and advisement to help all students use achievement, interest, postsecondary, and career data to plan, monitor, and manage their own learning as well as to achieve academic, social and emotional, and college and career readiness.
  3. Provide individual and group counseling to address students’ immediate needs and concerns to resolve academic, social and emotional, or college and career issues that are interrupting learning.
  4. Provide support and assistance to students and school community to navigate critical and emergency situations.
  5. Make students and families aware of school and community resources that can provide additional information or assistance to help students be successful.
  6. Share strategies that support student achievement with parents, teachers, other educators, or community organizations through consultation.
  7. Collaborate with other educators, parents, and the community to support student achievement and advocate for access and equity for all students through teaming, partnering, participating on school/district committees, and facilitating parent or staff workshops.

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