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Newton County School System (NCSS) is celebrating National School Counseling Week, February 1-5, 2016! Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), National School Counseling Week focuses public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

“School counselors help students explore their abilities, strengths, interests and talents, and they work with parents to navigate the challenges that students face throughout their academic careers,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “Counselors identify and recommend positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; they work with teachers and other educators to ensure students realize their potential while setting healthy, realistic aspirations for themselves. Our Newton County School System counselors are essential to the development of our students, and I appreciate their hard work and commitment to our students.”

According to Amie Cumming, NCSS Student Services Coordinator, professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in guidance and counseling.

“The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program,” said Cumming.

Newton County School System’s school counselors are:

Counselor

School

Lekesia Dix

East Newton Elementary

Juanita Hosch-Martin

Fairview Elementary

Suzanne Gravitt

Flint Hill Elementary

Paige Montgomery

Flint Hill Elementary

Annette Gilbert

Heard-Mixon Elementary

Anna Smiley

Live Oak Elementary

Tomeka Stringer

Live Oak Elementary

Victoria Lockhart

Livingston Elementary

Ashley Burt

Mansfield Elementary

Leslie Styles

Middle Ridge Elementary

Rebecca Bates

Newton County Theme School

Elizabeth Thompson

Newton County Theme School

Frances Howard

Oak Hill Elementary

Geneva Bibbs-Bugg

Porterdale Elementary

Barbara Kinsey

Rocky Plains Elementary

Annie Smiley

South Salem Elementary

Tiffany Woods

South Salem Elementary

Terra Johnson

West Newton Elementary

Tiphanie Dean

Clements Middle

Jacqueline Pennington

Clements Middle

Michelle Bailey

Cousins Middle

Royce Lawson-Woods

Cousins Middle

Constance Rogers

Indian Creek Middle

Katerina Lostumbo

Indian Creek Middle

Asmarett Ashford

Liberty Middle

Nashell Ayres

Liberty Middle

Dana Price

Veterans Memorial Middle

Rhonda Turner

Veterans Memorial Middle

Megan Thrasher

Alcovy High

Tracy Edwards

Alcovy High

LaTonya Hawkins

Alcovy High

Dee Maxwell

Alcovy High

Kelly Parker

Alcovy High

Erin Lowry

Eastside High

Jeffrey Johnson

Eastside High

Mark Rachels

Eastside High

Jahmar Tate

Eastside High

Elizabeth Gregory

Newton College & Career Academy

Grenetta Turner

Newton College & Career Academy

Katoya Bledsoe

Newton High

Adrienne Boisson

Newton High

Francene Breakfield

Newton High

Veronica Bridges

Newton High

Rita Hector

Newton High

Christy Sedlacek

Newton High

Khiem Reed

Ombudsman

Shirley Stevens

Mainstay Academy

 

"School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and personal/social skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success."

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The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1952, ASCA supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. The association, which is the school counseling division of the American Counseling Association, provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more professional school counselors around the globe.