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Counselor

Dr. Patrice Bennett

Counselor

Greetings, and hope all is well, I am Dr. Bennett. I am elated to have the opportu...

Ms. Sammie (Samantha) Eskew

Counselor (Full Time)

I am Ms. Eskew, and I am very excited to be one of the school counselors at Yargo this ...

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Ms. Eskew is the full-time school counselor at Yargo. Please contact her for help with:
  • Attendance
  • Mentoring program
  • McKinney-Vento services
  • Child safety and wellbeing
Dr. Bennett is the part-time school counselor at Yargo. Please contact her for help with:
  • Behavior plans
  • Behavior-specific RTI

What is an elementary school counselor?

  • A certified, specially trained professional educator that serves ALL students in the school
  • 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 an elementary school counselor do?

  • Conducts a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate counseling program
  • Conducts staff development for faculty
  • Utilizes referral services and community resources
  • Conducts parent and teacher conferences
  • Provides classroom lessons to each class under the domains of social-emotional learning, career and college exploration, and academic skills such as organization and goal setting
  • Works with identified groups of children with specific needs to provide both proactive and responsive interventions
  • Provides brief, solutions-focused individual counseling to students
  • Provides individual counseling to
    • help students develop effective communication skills
    • help students develop positive interpersonal relationship skills
    • help students develop positive coping and self-regulation 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