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"Helping To Develop Lifelong Learners in an Environment of Mutual Respect”

Meet Our Counselors

Kijuana Crawford


Counselor for 6th Grade Last Name (A-L) & 7th Grade

Leslie Dooley


Counselor for 6th Grade Last Name (M-Z) & 8th Grade

Choose JoyChoose JOY

Sometimes life throws us curveballs.  We find ourselves in circumstances we could never anticipate or imagine.  However, it is in the midst of those circumstances, particularly ones that might stretch us or make us uncomfortable, that we find our greatest opportunities for growth. We realize how strong we really are!

Have you ever heard the phrase, "it's all in the way you look at it?"  How we handle circumstances really depends on our attitude, our outlook, and our approach.  It is easy to choose the negative.  We could respond to our unexpected break with fear and anxiety.  We could have a bad attitude about doing school work or not seeing our friends.  We could spend our days consuming hours upon hours of screen time.  We could act selfishlessly, thinking only of ourselves. Or even worse, we could hurt others with our words, choices, or behavior (particularly on social media).

But what if we chose differently?  We CAN:

  1.  Choose to be courageous and positive, knowing that responsible action will help to end this outbreak.
  2.  Choose to be productive and excited for a new way of "school," spending this time practicing our skills or learning something cool.
  3.  Choose to call our friends on the phone so we can hear their voice or, better yet, have regular FaceTime sessions with our besties.
  4.  Choose to connect with our families, actually talking to each other, playing games, watching a movie (together), or cooking supper. 
  5.  Choose to do something besides spend every waking moment on social media, Internet, or YouTube:  read a book for pleasure, get   outside and play, perfect our fastball, put together a puzzle, make a portfolio of artwork. 
  6.  Choose to think of others during this time: your elderly neighbor who can't go to the store, seniors that are in the nursing home that   can't see their loved ones, nurses and doctors, grocery store workers, police officers and first responders, the homeless, and the list   goes on and on.   What could you do to make a difference?  Write encouragement cards, run an errand, do some outside yardwork for someone? 

What if we chose to see this time as an opportunity, an adventure, a defining moment that can make us stronger and bring us closer together?  We encourage you to seek the positive.  Have fun, laugh, help others, love your friends, you family, and your neighbors. Let's choose joy together! And when our "normal" returns, we will be more resilient than ever!

A message from your counselors:

Virtual classrooms are an exciting opportunity for RMS students to learn new concepts or reinforce existing knowledge while interacting with their peers.  The online experience will be even more positive by practicing virtual classroom etiquette.  Remember we are available through email, Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-2:00 pm because YOU still MATTER to us @ RMS. Additionally, we will continue to post resources below during the school closing.  Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @RMSCounseling1.

Below you will find several resources for students and families to access during school closings.   

Hours and Appointments

The Student Counseling office is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment for your child, please email or call the main office at 770-867-8181.

School Guidance Services

  • Academic Support and Planning
  • Classroom Guidance Lessons
  • Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Goal-setting and decision-making
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness
  • Career awareness, exploration and planning
  • Transition planning

Counseling Services

  • Individual and Small Group Counseling
  • Education in understanding self and others
  • Coping strategies
  • Peer relationships and effective social skills
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Peer facilitation
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Agency and Resource Referrals


The mission of Russell Middle School Counseling Department is to address academic, social/emotional, and career development concerns that prevent students from reaching their highest potential. All students will have access to a comprehensive counseling program that is student centered, prevention focused, and data inspired. In collaboration with teachers, administrators, parents, and community stakeholders, the school counselors will help all students become successful lifelong learners, problem solvers, and responsible community members.


The vision of Russell Middle School Counseling Department is that all students will experience a supportive, encouraging, and equitable school environment. Our students will graduate, college, and career ready prepared to be productive citizens in a diverse and evolving society.

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