We Are Committed to Success for All Students.
Our goal is to provide a comprehensive School Counseling program that supports the academic, personal, social, and post-secondary planning needs of all students. We are masters-level trained School Counselors that maintain current licensure and credentials to meet the ever-changing needs of our students.
We are master’s level trained counselors who help students with their personal, social, and academic concerns in order for them to get the most out of their education. As school counselors, with the help of the entire school staff, we have established a comprehensive counseling program to provide developmental, preventive, and remedial services with the intent of helping our students reach their full potential, both academic and personal.
Welcome to the School Counselor's page!
I hope you will take the time to look around at the resources here and learn more about the school counseling program at Jones. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding your students' success in school.
Hello, my name is Heather Path, and I have had the pleasure of being the Vance Elementary School Counselor since 2002. As the school counselor, I visit each classroom throughout the year and teach lessons that encourage personal,social and academic success as well as character development. For students that may need additional support I offer small group and individual counseling on a short-term basis. I assist with transitions for our incoming kindergarten students and for our outgoing 5th graders to middle school. In addition, I also manage the 504 caseload and facilitate the Student Success Team using the multi-tiered system of support. I coordinate our school Health fair and Kindergarten Registration. I am an active member of our school crisis team and positive behavior support team. I enjoy working with students, teachers, and their families to ensure personal, social, and academic success.
The school counseling program at Isaac Dickson is designed to be proactive and assist in meeting the personal/social, academic, and developmental needs of ALL students.
School counselors work with students in many settings. I work with all students during classroom guidance lessons. These developmentally appropriate lessons focus on friendship, bullying, conflict resolution, problem solving, social skills, personal safety, and exploring feelings. Small group counseling is a great way for students to build relationships and get extra help with topics like friendship, study skills, family transitions, or grief. Groups are offered throughout the year. If students are struggling with a problem at home or at school, they may see me to problem solve and explore feelings. If a student needs ongoing counseling, I can make a referral to an outside therapist or agency. Our school has a school-based therapist, Ms. Caitlyn, who can see students ongoing.
I work closely with parents and teachers to help support students through SST (the student support team). I am also the 504 coordinator. If a child is struggling academically or emotionally, I can help or find someone who can help!
Students may be referred to me by teachers or parents. Students may also request to see me. A great way for students to reach out is to write a note or find me near the front office in the mornings. I can help students explore feelings and deal with concerns at home or school.
I look forward to working with you! Please call or email if you have any questions or concerns.
Dr. Eric Howard
Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a Master's degree in school counseling, making them uniquely qualified to address all students’ cognitive, socio-emotional and career development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes student success. They also provide consultation to parents and students. In addition, they provide prevention, crisis, and conflict resolution.