Translate

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

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

  • samantha.eskew@barrowcountyschools.org (for student use only) (opens in new window)

As of January 2021, both Ms. Eskew AND Dr. Bennett will be full-time at Yargo! Please see below for updated roles and responsbilites and who your child's school counselor is. 

Ms. Eskew is a full-time school counselor at Yargo. She is provides classroom lessons and individual counseling for:
  • Pre-K
  • Kindergartern
  • 1st Grade
  • 4th Grade
  • *some individual students in grades 2,3, and 5 receive individual counseling from Ms. Eskew 
Ms. Eskew leads the following small groups:
  • Resiliency small groups (grades 3-5)
  • Girls empowerment and social skills groups (grade 5)
Please contact her for help with:
  • Attendance
  • Foster care support
  • McKinney-Vento services
  • School supply and other resource support
  • Child safety and wellbeing
  • School-Based Mental Health program or mental health referrals
Dr. Bennett is a full-time school counselor at Yargo. She provides classroom lessons and individual counseling for:
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade
  • 5th Grade
  • Indvidual counseling for students recieving school counselor services as a part of their behavior plan in ALL grades
Dr. Bennett Leads the Following Small groups:
  • Boys Advocacy and Empowerment Group
  • Zones of Regulation Skills Group
Please contact her for help with:
  • Hosptial Homebound Services
  • 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

This site provides information using PDF, visit this link to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software.