Natasha Patterson, Ed.S, NCC, LPC Grades K, 2, 4
This is my 12th year as a school counselor and my 3rd year at Mashburn Elementary. Before counseling I was a classroom teacher for 6 years. I am originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, where I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina. I have two children, a middle schooler and a high schooler. As both a counselor and a mother, I recognize the emotional, circumstantial and physical barriers to learning and student achievement which has driven my passion to advocate for the wellness of children. I obtained my Master’s degree in School Counseling from Georgia State University and then my Specialist degree in Professional Counseling & Supervision from the University of West Georgia.
In addition to working as a school counselor, I also work as a Licensed Professional Counselor, where I specialize in finding solutions to children’s emotional, behavioral, and psychological barriers while equipping them with the tools necessary to promote personal wellness and resilience. I enjoy building relationships and inspiring children to be and do their personal best. I look forward to another wonderful and rewarding school year at Mashburn Elementary School!
750203 email@example.com Bethany Smith M.Ed Grades 1, 3, 5
This is my first year at Mashburn, and I am so excited to be a Blue Bear! I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Georgia. I knew that I wanted to work in counseling, and I quickly discovered that I had a strong desire to work with students of all ages through academic, college/career, and social/emotional learning. I obtained my Master of Education degree in School Counseling from Georgia State University. I also believe that school counselors should always be lifelong learners, so I am currently completing my Specialist in Education degree in School Counseling at Georgia State University. I believe that every child has the ability to achieve their goals and dreams, and I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to love, support, and encourage them as they journey through elementary school! I am looking forward to an amazing first year at Mashburn!
The purpose of Mashburn’s school counseling program is to provide and support the delivery of specific skills and information in a proactive, preventive manner to ensure that all students can achieve school success. Our program serves to provide intervention and referral services for those students who are experiencing difficulties in their lives which interfere with their academic achievement. We serve as the program leader, and collaborate with community stake-holders, administration, and other school staff in the delivery of these services.
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