The mission of the Tennessee School Counselor Association is to actively promote excellence in the profession of school counseling and to provide member support through professional development, advocacy, leadership, accountability, and collaboration.
As a part of our comprehensive, developmental School Counseling program at Mill Creek Middle School, our counselors serve our students, parents, and teachers through a wide variety of services. School Counselors promote excellence through their work in four program areas:
- Responsive Services- personal and crisis counseling, small group counseling, 504 and support services
- Classroom Curriculum- classroom lessons, character education, group activities, newsletters, and transition issues
- System Support- consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, and administrators
- Individual Planning- test planning and interpretation
The Mill Creek Middle School Counseling Department provides counseling services to students, helps guide students through middle school academic and social issues, and supports students as they learn and grow. Our counseling staff consists of three licensed school counselors, a school psychologist, and a Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) specialist.
Bailey Covey-6th grade
Shayla McCarter-7th grade
Angie Honeycutt-8th grade
Noelle Lawler, STARS
Role of the School Counselor
Middle school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Middle school counselors do not 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 success in school. 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. The ASCA National Model: A Framework For School Counseling Programs, 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 (from the American School Counselor Association, 2016).