How long have you been a counselor? How much of that time has been in RCSD?
"I've been a RCSD Counselor since 1993 (28 years); 3 years as an elementary counselor, 5 years as a middle school counselor, and the rest have been at the District level as Assistant Director of Counselors, Director of Counselors, and District Test Coordinator. Since my retirement in 2011, I have been working as a District Counselor in the Student Support Services Department."
Can you elaborate on the importance of your department and how it benefits our students?
"I've had the privilege to work with some amazing fellow counselors, teachers and administrators over all these years in the Rankin County School District. I am constantly awed by their level of genuine care and concern for the students and their parents of this district as well as their fellow educators. They don't hesitate to go the extra mile whenever the need arises!"
"When it comes to the Student Support Services Department, these 8 women are no exception! It's a joy to be surrounded by them! The Student Support Services Department is involved not only with the 53 Rankin County School District School Counselors, but the Rankin County School District Nurses, the Juvenile Detention Center, the Venture Program, The Instructional Interventionists, and the 504 and Dyslexia Programs."
"My job is varied, depending on the needs of my Department. I conduct grade placement testing (for students coming to RCSD from non-accredited schools and non-accredited home schools), Dyslexia screeners, and Venture screeners. I serve on the Attendance Team for 5 District schools, and provide student records materials and support to each of our school Records Clerks. I'm available to assist any of the Student Support Services team when needed."
"Throughout my years in RCSD, I've observed other districts in our state and how their counseling department function. I always am humbled by how our counseling department is perceived in our state."
"We are seen as the gold standard that other counseling departments strive to be. We are on the cutting edge when it comes to counseling program innovation, technology, and professional development."
"Our District-level support is envied by all. It is, and always has been, an honor to be called a Rankin County School District Counselor."