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School Counseling

 

THE COUNSELING PROGRAM           

     The goal of the School Counseling Program at Harris Middle School is to provide comprehensive services to ALL students, making a holistic impact on student success. The program will address the areas of personal, social, emotional, and academic development.

MEET YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELORS:

                                                                                   

 

        My name is Ashley Mitchell, and I am looking forward to my third year as a School Counselor at Harris Middle School! I was born in Florida, but I spent most of childhood living in a small town on the outskirts of Memphis, TN. I received my Bachelor’s Degree at the University of   Alabama in 2008 and returned back to Tennessee the following year to further my education.

      I graduated from MTSU with my Master’s Degree in Professional School Counseling three years later. In my free time I enjoy being active, spending time with family/friends, and rooting on the Crimson Tide football team. I am eager to begin the another year at HMS!

 

Ashley Mitchell, M.Ed.

 

mitchella@bedfordk12tn.net

 

          My name is Kyle Bowron and I am very excited to start my second year as a School Counselor at Harris Middle School. I was born and raised in Casper Wyoming and moved with my family to Nashville in 2001. I attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies.

       I graduated from MTSU with my Masters in Professional School Counseling. My hobbies include hiking with my two dogs, playing tennis and golf, watching football, and spending time with my family and friends. I look forward to this coming year at HMS!!!!

 

Kyle Bowron, M.Ed.

 

bowronk@bedfordk12tn.net

 

WHAT DOES A SCHOOL COUNSELOR DO?

     The counselor reaches all students by conducting classroom guidance lessons based on life skills that promote healthy feelings, friendships, study habits, manners, communication, conflict-resolution, goal-setting, decision making, stress relief, etc.

     In addition to classroom lessons, some students benefit from participating in small groups. Students have an opportunity to share and acquire specific skills in a confidential setting and learn from other students going through similar circumstances.

     Furthermore, the school counselor is also available to meet with students on an individual basis to provide students the opportunity to talk about personal concerns that impede on learning in the classroom.

A COUNSELOR CAN HELP A STUDENT WITH… 

  • Getting along better with peers 
  • Feeling good about yourself  
  • Learning how to make decisions and solve problems  
  • Managing your feelings (stress, anger, anxiety, etc.)  
  • Setting and achieving goals   

SERVICES PROVIDED:   

  • Individual Counseling
  • Small Group Counseling
  • Classroom Guidance Lessons
  • Parent Consultations  
  • Teacher Consultations  
  • Community Resource Referrals 

HERE ARE SOME REASONS STUDENTS MIGHT WANT TO TALK TO THE COUNSELOR: 

  • "I had an argument with my best friend and she doesn't want to be my friend anymore."
  • "Some kids in my math class are talking about fighting after school."
  • "My parents argue all the time and I don't know what to do."
  • "My grandfather is really sick and I'm scared he's going to die."
  • "My mom just had a baby and she doesn't have time for me anymore."
  • "We're moving again!"
  • "My dad wants me to be an engineer like him, but I want to be a pilot." 

HERE ARE SOME REASONS PARENTS MIGHT WANT TO TALK TO THE COUNSELOR:  

  • "This is John's third school this year, and he's having difficulty adjusting."
  • "My husband is being deployed in two weeks and Kelsie may need some help coping with this change."
  • "Sam used to be excited about school, but lately he doesn't seem to care."
  • "My wife and I recently separated and our daughter could use some help understanding this."
  • "My son seems to be the target of some teasing and bullying after school. Can you help?" 

HOW CAN THE STUDENT SEE THE COUNSELOR?  

  • Self– referral  
  • Request of the counselor  
  • Parent referral  
  • Administration referral  
  • Teacher and/or staff referral 
  • Referral by a friend

 SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPARTMENT  

**Your school counselor can help you put the pieces together**

 

Ms. Bowron (931)684-5195 ext. 1006   

bowronk@bedfordk12tn.net

Mrs. Mitchell (931)684-5195 ext. 1005  

mitchella@bedfordk12tn.net

 

 

Tennessee Model for Comprehensive School Counseling

https://tn.gov/assets/entities/education/attachments/comp_sch_counsel_model.pdf