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Meet our Elementary Counselors

National School Counseling Week - Get to Know MISD's Elementary School Counselors

Sabra Golden - T.E. Baxter Elementary

As a school counselor, what have you learned? 
I have learned to make sure I am always looking at my students as a whole student and not just the social/emotional parts.

As a school counselor, what do you want your students to know? 
School is their training ground for life. I want them to feel safe and comfortable learning who they are and what makes them unique. I want them to learn their social skills are just as important as their academic skills.

What influenced you or why did you become a school counselor? 
I started in clinical but was able to be involved in the schools in my area. I saw the growing need for counseling in the school setting and the need for students to have someone who they could connect with and share how they were feeling. I feel as though I make more of a difference at the school than I did in community mental health.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 
My favorite part of my job is guidance. I love being able to teach and talk to groups of students and watch them process information. I love to see students have those "A-ha" moments when they realize something new about themselves or how to handle a situation.

What are your hopes for your students? 
I hope my students learn to love life and embrace the challenges they might face. I hope they learn grit and kindness at the same time. I hope they grow into productive members of society that leave a positive mark on their world.

Elizabeth Adkins - J.R. Irvin Elementary

As a school counselor, what have you learned? 
Love, hope, and consistency are the most important things we as educators can give our students.

As a school counselor, what do you want your students to know? 
I am very confident that they will succeed at the highest levels and that I will always have their back.

What influenced you or why did you become a school counselor? 
My first degree was in secondary education, English and journalism. As part of this degree, I had to take an educational psychology class. I found it very interesting and I loved the idea of helping young people achieve their full potential. So, as soon as I could, I went back to school to get a master’s degree in educational psychology and a job as a school counselor.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 
Watching our Irvin students grow so much in the time they are with us, especially the ones who are at our school from kindergarten through fifth grade. Even more rewarding, though, is when I run into former Irvin students when they are young adults and see how successful they have become.

What are your hopes for your students? 
I hope all our students will remember their time at Irvin fondly and go on to find their own definition of success.

Jeanette Arnold - Longbranch Elementary

Nikki Moon - Dolores W. McClatchey Elementary

As a school counselor, what have you learned? 
You never know what your day will be like. You can make a plan but be ready to change it!

As a school counselor, what do you want your students to know? 
They are special and loved. Everyone is unique and special in their own ways!

What influenced you or why did you become a school counselor? 
School is a place all children have in common. It should be a safe place where kids can grow emotionally and academically.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 
Hugs!

What are your hopes for your students? 
My hope is that students learn about their strengths. This often means that mistakes will be made. My hope is they will not be afraid to fail-we all learn and grow every day!

Tiffany Tyer - LaRue Miller Elementary

As a school counselor, what have you learned? 
Each day is a new day with new challenges and great rewards.

As a school counselor, what do you want your students to know? 
I am here to help them in any way that I can and they are loved.

What influenced you or why did you become a school counselor? 
In order for a student to be successful academically, they must first be in a good place socially and emotionally. As a counselor, I can play a vital role in helping make sure their social and emotional needs are being met.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 
I love being able to spend time with all of the students on our campus. I am here to help them celebrate their successes or lift them up when they need encouragement.

What are your hopes for your students? 
I hope all of their future dreams and goals will be fulfilled.

Wendy Waldroup - Mt. Peak Elementary

As a school counselor, what have you learned? 
I have learned how important it is to build relationships with students, families, faculty/staff, and administration in order to help students to be successful!

As a school counselor, what do you want your students to know? 
I want my students to know that I care about each and every one of them, and that my goal as a school counselor is to help them to be successful in any way that I can!

What influenced you or why did you become a school counselor? 
One of my best friends is a retired school counselor, and she influenced my decision to become a school counselor.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 
My favorite part of my job is the interactions and relationships that I have the opportunity to build with students and families.

What are your hopes for your students? 
My hopes are that my students feel they are cared about and are important to me, and that I am here to offer support for them to reach their goals.

Lori Huff - J.A. Vitovsky

As a school counselor, what have you learned? 
Every day is a new day to get to know my students, staff, and family members with fresh eyes and an open mind to help them with whatever life may bring.

As a school counselor, what do you want your students to know? 
They are loved unconditionally and capable of an amazing future, no matter what.

What influenced you or why did you become a school counselor? 
I want to be the positive influence that I needed as a child.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 
The a-ha moments, hugs, cheers, and happy tears when students accomplish goals that they never thought possible.

What are your hopes for your students? 
I hope they all know that they are loved, special, and valued, and that they each have the hope, belief, and skills needed to accomplish their passion and purpose.