My name is Cindy Davis and I have served as the school counselor of Mill Creek Elementary School since its opening in 2009. In 2011 and 2012, I helped Mill Creek earn the RAVE (Recognition of Accountability, Verification and Excellence) Award from the Alabama School Counselor Association I was named the 2006-2007 Alabama Elementary School Counselor of the Year. In 2008, I was named "one of the top 10 counselors in the nation" by the American School Counselor Association. I am married and have two beautiful daughters.
I serve on the School Safety Team, Discipline Committee, Retention Committee, Building Leadership Team, Green Team, Pupil Support Team, and Counseling Advisory Committee.
I work with the following student teams: Character Council, Peer Helpers, and Safety Patrol.
The mission of my elementary school counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program, based on ASCA National Standards, addressing the social, personal, academic and career development of each and every student.
Elementary School Students’ Developmental Needs
The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.
Meeting the Challenge
Elementary school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Elementary school counselors don’t work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve school success. Professional school counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program. ASCA’s National Standards in the academic, career, and personal/social domains are the foundation for this work. The ASCA National Model: A Framework For School Counseling Programs (ASCA, 2002), with its data-driven and results-based focus, serves as a guide for today’s school counselor who is uniquely trained to implement this program.
Elementary School Counselors Implement the Counseling Program by Providing:
School Guidance Curriculum
- Academic support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills
- Goal setting and decision-making
- Career awareness, exploration and planning
- Education on understanding self and others
- Peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills
- Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution
- Substance abuse education
- Multicultural/diversity awareness
- Individual student planning
- Goal setting/decision- making
- Education on understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
- Transition plans
- Individual and small-group counseling
- Individual/family/school crisis intervention
- Conflict resolution
- Professional development
- Consultation, collaboration and teaming
- Program management and operation
Elementary School Counselors Collaborate with:
College/career awareness programs
One-on-one parent conferencing
Interpretation of assessment results
Classroom guidance activities
Academic support, including learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically
At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success
Behavioral management plans
School-wide needs assessments
Student data and results
Student assistance team building
Job shadowing, service learning
**These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive
Why do elementary schools have school counselors?
Counselors assist students in their efforts to learn the skills and attitudes required for school success. Elementary school counselors emphasize decision making skills and early exploration of career and educational goals. The elementary school counselor also places strong emphasis on helping students develop self-awareness, self-esteem, and good interpersonal skills.
*Information will be kept confidential unless disclosure is required to prevent clear and imminent danger to the student or others or when legal requirements (court order) demand that confidential information be revealed.
Please check out the news section for yearly guidance lesson topics and article about the RAVE Award.