Our Counselor is a Vital Part of our Community

The Winstead School Counseling program consists of a variety of services and activities including individual and group counseling, parent and teacher consultation, classroom guidance, information services, referral assistance to other programs in the community, and student testing.

Our school counselor is Amanda Mize. She relocated from Mississippi to Tennessee. She has been married for 18 years and has 2 children, one at Heritage Middle and one at Independence High. She was a school counselor for five years in Mississippi and was involved in the education system for 14 years. She enjoys hiking and discovering all the rolling hills and waterfalls in this area and especially enjoys working at Winstead. As the school counselor, Mrs. Mize will work with students for whole group guidance instruction as well as small groups with various similar needs. She will also see individual students that may need assistance. Please call or email Mrs. Mize if you would like to refer a student to a group.

NameJob TitleTelephoneLinks
Amanda Mize
Guidance Counselor
Leigh Ann Taylor
Guidance Counselor

Elementary School Counselors are Needed…

  • As children are developing basic patterns of behavior and attitude
  • While prevention of difficulties is possible
  • Before developmental or situational concerns cause deeper problems
  • When a child needs an adult to listen

Have You Heard Child Say…

  • “Nobody likes me.”
  • “I don’t have any friends.”
  • “When I take tests I get scared.”
  • “I can’t learn that.”
  • “My stomach hurts.”
  • “Why do I have to go to school?”

The Elementary School Counselor is trying to accomplish…

  • Helping children to cope with emotional crisis
  • Facilitating better peer relationships
  • Encouraging students to recognize and make the best use of their abilities
  • Helping children overcome learning difficulties
  • Assisting parents and teachers in helping children
  • Helping students understand academic, personal, social, and career goals
  • Addressing minor problems before they become major

*fictional names have been used

  • “I’m new here and I can’t seem to make any friends.”
  • “I don’t seem to be getting along with students in the classroom.”
  • “I’m worried about my school work and I wonder if I’ll pass.”
  • “I don’t have a problem…I just wanted to say hi.”
  • “I just have to talk to someone who won’t laugh at me.”

Teachers & Administrators

  • “John* just can’t sit still in the classroom.”
  • “Sue* is absent a lot.”
  • “Patrick* is new to the school and needs some special attention.”
  • “Amanda’s* behavior has really deteriorated over the last couple of weeks.”


  • “Sarah* doesn’t want to go to school in the mornings.”
  • “Alan* doesn’t have any friends and spends a lot of time by himself.”
  • “Jean* scores high on achievement tests but her teacher says she’s failing.”

Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents, and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success.

The professional elementary school counselor holds a minimum of a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling.

Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness.

American School Counselor Association (ASCA), 2006-2008