The Wilson School District Counseling Department is an integral part of the district's Pupil Services division. The fifteen Wilson counselors have masters degrees and are fully certified professional counselors.
The following Pupil Services staff work closely with the counselors and teachers to provide comprehensive programs and services to all Wilson students and their families.
The counseling program is no longer ancillary to the instructional program. It is an integral component. Education is charged with educating this nation's most valuable resource, our children.
Elementary School is a time when students develop attitudes concerning school, self, peers, social groups and family. It is a time when students develop decision-making, communication and life training skills and character traits. Early identification and intervention of children’s problems are essential to change some of the current statistics regarding self-destructive behaviors. If we wait until children are in middle school or high school to address these problems, we lose the opportunity to help them achieve their potential, as well as feelings of dignity and self-worth.
Middle School is an exciting, but frustrating time for students as well as for their parents and teachers. Transition is the key word. During their journey from childhood to adolescence, students are characterized by: being very active, yet easily fatigued due to rapid physical growth; searching for their own identity, turning to their peers rather than to their parents for ideas and affirmation; extremely sensitive to comments from others; and relying heavily on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.
Middle School Counselors:
High School is a time of decisions. Students are deciding who they are, where they fit, determining at what they excel, and how to move forward. Socialization is the key word. During this time in high school, students are characterized by: searching and evaluating their strengths, skills, and abilities; tuning into peer acceptance and feedback, separating from parents/family to explore and define their independence; as well as planning for the future.
High School Counselors:
Why School Counselors??
Together, school counselors, parents, teachers, administrators and community members during the elementary years set the tone for developing skills, knowledge, and attitudes for our children to become healthy, productive adults; during the middle school years can help focus students on the journey of transition; and during the high school years can help students receive accurate information, concrete experiences, and successful planning to take the steps necessary to become a productive and contributing member of society.