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    School Counselor
    What is a School Counselor? 
    • School guidance counselors help students develop the academic and social skills needed to succeed, personally and professionally. Counselors in elementary and secondary schools help students overcome obstacles that may inhibit their learning.
    School Counselor Mission:
    • It is the mission of the School Counselor to provide a comprehensive school counseling program in partnership with educators, parents/guardians, students, and the community that promotes academic, career, and personal/social development of all students, removes barriers to academic success, promotes a safe learning environment, advocates for all students, and assists students in acquiring competencies for lifelong learning and accomplishment in an ever changing world. 
    • My role is to help each child achieve success in the school setting through classroom guidance, individual student planning, responsive services, and system support.   I will be in your child’s classroom throughout the year teaching Character Education.  I am available every day for Individual Counseling and parent/teacher consultations.  I will periodically provide group counseling sessions.  My goal is to work with you to help your child meet their fullest potential. 

     
    School Counselor Duties & Responsibilities:
    • Evaluating students’ abilities and interests through aptitude assessments, interviews, and individual planning
    • Identifying issues that affect school performance, such as poor classroom attendance rates
    • Helping students understand and overcome social or behavioral problems through classroom guidance lessons and counseling
    • Counseling individuals and small groups on the basis of student and school needs
    • Working with students to develop skills, such as organizational and time management abilities and effective study habits
    • Helping students create a plan to achieve academic 
    • Collaborating with teachers, administrators, and parents to help students succeed
    • Teaching students and school staff about specific topics, such as bullying, drug abuse, and planning for college or careers after graduation
    • Maintaining records as required
    • Reporting possible cases of neglect or abuse and referring students and parents to resources outside the school for additional support
                                                                    
     
    I look forward to working with you to help your child achieve success.  I would like to encourage you to take advantage of the counseling services provided at school to enhance your child’s education.  
     
    Brandi Stearman, MBA
    Counselor, Carroll Elementary
    903-872-3074 / bstearman@cisd.org