Addison Elementary School Counseling

Gracie Flynn, Counselor

Please call 256-747-1665 to schedule an appointment to meet with me when I may be of help for your student at Addison Elementary School.

Primary Function: As a member of the school system's counseling and guidance staff, the elementary school counselor provides a comprehensive counseling and guidance program for elementary school students; consults and collaborates with teachers, parents, and staff to enhance effectiveness in helping students; and provides support to other elementary school educational programs.

Major Job Responsibilities:

Illustrative Key Duties:

1.      Implements the elementary school counseling and guidance program curriculum: Conducts counseling and guidance learning activities in each teacher's classroom and/or systematically conducts counseling and guidance activities for each grade level during the year in collaboration with the teaching staff; consults with and is a resource to teachers.

2.      Guides and counsels groups and individual students through the development of personal social, educational, and career plans: Collaborates with middle school personnel to assist students in making a smooth transition from elementary school to middle school; provides orientation activities for incoming students and their parents; informs students and parents of tests results and their implications for educational planning; provides resources and coordinates the implementation of personal, social, educational, and career learning activities; provides individual assistance to students regarding personal, social, educational, and career issues.

3.      Counsels small groups and individual students: conducts structured, goal-oriented counseling sessions to meet the identified needs of individuals and groups of students.

4.      Consults and collaborates with teachers, staff, and parents in understanding and meeting the needs of students: Participates in staff and team meetings; plans and conducts staff development programs and activities; facilitates conferences with teachers and/or parents and/or students; plans and conducts parent education programs; assists families with school-related problems and issues; writes articles for newsletters and other publications.

5.      Refers students with problems and their parents to appropriate specialists, special program, or outside agencies: Consults and collaborates with in-direct specialists such as social workers, and nurses; consults with and refers to community-based resources including psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, service agencies, and others.

6.      Participates in activities that contribute to the effective operation of the school: Cooperates and collaborates with other professionals in enhancing the education of students; establishes and maintains effective relationships with grade levels and administrators; cooperates with other school personnel in lacing students with special needs in appropriate programs; interprets group test results to faculty and administration for use in enhancing instruction; communicates with administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents, and the community regarding the counseling and guidance program and its role in the educational program; participates in the implementation of the school system assessment program.

7.      Plans, evaluates, and revises the counseling and guidance program: Reviews the counseling and guidance program annually with the counseling and guidance department staff; communicates regularly with other counseling and guidance staff to establish and maintain a sequential comprehensive counseling and guidance program; identifies student needs periodically and uses the results for program planning; establishes a planning calendar for counseling and guidance program activities; evaluates the counseling and guidance program.

8.      Pursues professional growth: Attends local, state, and national staff development programs; joins professional counseling and guidance associations; attends local, state, and national workshops and conferences sponsored by professional organizations; reads professional journals.



Addison Elementary School

Counseling and Guidance Goals and Standards

Educational Goals

Academic Development

Students will:

Apply effective study skills.
Gain test-taking skills.

Students will:
Acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across the life span.

Set educational goals.

Complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial postsecondary options, including college.

Learn effectively.

Understand the relationship of academics to the world of work and to life at home and in the community.

Career Planning

Career Development

Students will:
Analyze skills and interests.

Plan for the future.

Students will:
Acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.

Form a career identity.

Employ strategies to achieve future career success and satisfaction.

Combat career stereotyping.

Understand the relationship between personal qualities, education and training and the world of work.

Knowledge of Self and Others

Personal/Social Development

Students will:
Develop positive attitudes.
Respect others.
Develop relationship skills.

Students will:
Acquire the attitudes, knowledge and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others.

Gain self-awareness.
Gain responsibilities.
Make effective decisions.

Make decisions, set goals, and take necessary action to achieve goals.

Learn how to resolve conflicts.
Learn how to make healthy choices.

Understand safety and survival skills.

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