Meet Our Counselors

Amanda Shepherd

Amanda Shepherd

Assistant Principal & Counselor - BCMS

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What is a middle school counselor?

  • A certified, specially trained professional educator
  • A special friend when a child needs someone to listen
  • A caring person who provides help and guidance to teachers, parents, students, and administrators
  • Someone who counsels with students both individually and in groups

What does a middle school counselor do?

  • Conducts a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate guidance and counseling program
  • Conducts staff development for faculty
  • Utilizes referral services and community resources
  • Conducts parent and teacher conferences
  • Provides guidance lessons to each class, works with identified groups of children with specific needs, and provides individual counseling to students struggling with academic difficulty
  • Provides individual counseling to
    •     help students develop effective communication skills
    •     help students develop positive interpersonal relationship skills
    •     help students set positive goals, exercise responsibility and improve academic success
    •     help provide support during a crisis

A child may see the counselor for:

  • Review and discussion of academic need
  • Any problems that they may have that are impacting academic performance
  • Divorce or changing family issues
  • A loss of a family member or close friend
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Improvement and aid in the development of positive self-esteem
  • Family concerns or fears
  • Developing and increasing social and organizational skills as it relates to academic performance

Counseling Resources:

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