Dandridge Elementary School

From the Office of
Stacey Guthrie
School Counselor


Role of the Elementary Counselor

The role of the elementary counselor is to empower, guide, advise, recommend, consult, and assist with the near limitless variety of concerns that students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the community at large may have.  Specifically, the thrust of the counseling program is defined by three major goals: 

             1.  Educational: To assist students with personal and academic concerns such as coping with stress, learning to study, and behaving appropriately in class. 

             2.  Career: To help students develop educational and career decision-making skills including knowing how to make decisions, developing individual interests and abilities, and learning about jobs and careers. 

             3.  Personal/Social Development: To aid students in developing interpersonal skills such as resolving conflicts, communicating with others and understanding how their behavior affects others. 

             Guidance services are provided by counselors for ALL students, through individual and /or small group counseling, classroom guidance lessons, appointments with parents, and discussions with teachers.  The elementary guidance program focuses on identifying and teaching students those skills that are appropriate for their age that will help them successfully solve problems. 

             Counseling offers a means for the student to grow in knowledge of self and others, thus enabling the student to acquire skills needed to live effectively in today's world.  The counselor's functions are varied as they help students better understand themselves in the world around them and develop a life long love for learning. 

             The School Counselor's office is available at Dandridge Elementary to students and parents during regular school hours. Parents may schedule an appointment by calling 865-397-3127. This office serves grades K-3.