Guidance
Contact:
Julie Gordon Phone Icon 678-840-5101 Email Icon Email
  Dina Johnson Phone Icon 678-840-5101 Email Icon Email

Ithica Elementary Counselor’s Corner

Welcome Ithica Families and Guests!

     We are glad you are visiting Ithica’s Counseling Website! We hope you find the information here helpful. Please feel free to contact us by email or phone if you have questions, suggestions, or concerns. Together, we as families, educators, and community make Ithica a wonderful place to learn! 

Ithica’s School Counseling Mission Statement 

     The mission of the Ithica Elementary School Guidance Program is to provide a foundation for the success of every student by providing a comprehensive and developmentally age-appropriate school counseling program including a school guidance curriculum, individual student planning, responsive services, and system support. The program will be aligned with the American School Counselor Association national standards and will focus on meeting needs through the development of the personal/social, academic, and career domains.

 


 

Meet Mrs. Gordon

     I joined Ithica last year as the half-time School Counselor shared with another elementary school. This year, I am thrilled to be serving and supporting Ithica’s students every day as our full time School Counselor. I am a graduate of the University of Georgia and Washington University in St. Louis. I am passionate about working with children and have worked in schools in Honduras, Tennessee, and Georgia. My goal is to support student success academically, socially, emotionally, and in their career paths. I look forward to working with our students this year on their journey to learn and grow. When I am not busy at Ithica, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two kitties.

 

Meet Ms. Johnson

     Hello! My name is Dina Johnson and I am thrilled to be working at Ithica Elementary School! This year, I will be splitting my time between Ithica and another Carroll County school but am always available by email or phone. A little about me, I graduated from the University of West Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and was a teacher for 5 years. I recently received my graduate degree at West Georgia (Go Wolves!) in Professional Counseling. I can’t wait to get to know the students here at IES and I am passionate about helping students learn and grow socially, emotionally, and academically. Fun fact about me: I am half Egyptian and I was born in Egypt!

 


  

What is a School Counselor?

     Elementary school Counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population.  School Counselors work with students, parents, and school staff to assist students in becoming successful learners.

                                                    - American School Counseling Association

 

How can the school counselor help?

     The school counselor is here to support student success by providing a comprehensive program aligned to the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National model. The counseling program focus on school  success through academic, social/emotional and career development. The counseling program assists students through  the following activities:

Classroom Guidance

Regular classroom guidance sessions are scheduled for all Kindergarten through 5th grade classes. Classes support Georgia’s Common Core Curriculum, and include ASCA National Standards and National Career Development Guidelines.  Mrs. Gordon will facilitate guidance in grade K-3 and Ms. Johnson will facilitate guidance in grades 4-5.

Group Counseling

Counseling groups are formed throughout the year based on student need. Groups typically include  4 to 8 students and meet weekly to focus on a specific topic. Group counseling is an excellent way for students to work together, support one another, and learn new skills.  Sessions are scheduled to minimize loss of academic instructional time.  Parent permission is requested in order for a student to participate in group counseling.

Individual Counseling

Confidential short-term counseling is available to all students at Ithica. Parents, teachers, or students may make a referral for counseling. If you would like to refer your child for individual counseling, please call or email the counselor.

Parent/Teacher Consultation

The counselor is available to work with parents and teachers to assist in planning strategies to help promote academic, personal, and social success. The counselor is also available to refer families to appropriate resources within the greater community.

                               Sincerely,

                                               Julie Gordon & Dina Johnson

                                                    IES School Counselors