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    Welcome to Brandywine's Counseling Department 

    Mission

    "The mission of the Brandywine Elementary Counseling Program is to promote educational performance, providing all students with the opportunities to acquire the academic, career, and social/emotional competencies necessary to achieve quality learning and life-long success while recognizing and supporting their individuality as learners and as people."
     

    Meet Our School Counselors

     
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    Hello!  We are your Brandywine Counseling Team: 
    Mrs. Lori L. Bryant, EdS, LMFT, RPT-S & Mrs. Jennifer Rotunda, LPC, NCC. 

    We are so excited to work with each of our students to help them learn and grow!

     
    I'm Lori Bryant and am so excited that I have joined the Brandywine Family as your student's K-2 Professional School Counselor!  My husband, two sons and I have loved living in Forsyth County for the past 6 years and enjoy the outdoors with our two dogs, Aubie & Kelani.  I am a proud graduate of Auburn University for my Bachelor's degree, University of Phoenix (Honolulu Campus) for my Master's in Counseling Degree, and University of Mississippi for my Educational Specialist Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in school-based play therapy.  While providing counselling services for more than 22 years, I have partnered with schools, families, and outside resources to assist children and families overcome life's challenges and reach academic goals in both schools and private practice.  In addition to traditional school counselling, I am blessed to be able to share my therapy dog, Aubie with our school community.  I love being a part of a great educational system that helps empower students and builds leaders of tomorrow.  My goal is to lead our students towards a love of learning, building amazing friendships, and growing socially & emotionally through our 7-Mindsets, small groups, and our core counseling curriculum lessons. 



    My name is Jennifer Rotunda, and this is my 4th year at Brandywine.  This year I am the school counselor for grades 3-5.  I earned my Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University, and I am a certified Professional School Counselor in the state of Georgia.  Prior to becoming a school counselor, I was a family therapist in Atlanta. My husband, 2 children & I live in Forsyth county, and we love it! My desire as a school counselor is to work together with our families and community to ensure the success of each of our students.



    We believe that every child has the ability to achieve their goals and dreams, and it is such a privilege to have the opportunity to love, support and encourage them through their journey in elementary school. We look forward to partnering with parents, teachers, and administration to help our students be Ready to Learn & Ready for Life!  Let's have a Ridiculously Amazing Year!

     

     

     
    If you have any questions regarding our counseling program or if you need assistance, please feel free to contact:
     
    Lori Bryant, K-2 Professional School Counselor: 770-667-2585 ext. 480323 or lbryant@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     
    Jennifer Rotunda, 3-5 Professional School Counselor:  770-667-2585 ext. 480113 or jrotunda@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     
     
    What is a School Counselor?

    *A certified, specially trained professional educator  

    *A special friend when a child needs someone to listen  

    *A caring person who provides help and guidance to teachers, parents, students, and administrators  

    *Someone who counsels with students both individually and in groups 

    *Someone who goes into the classrooms to educate students on skills and standards according to the American School Counselor Association's Standards and Practices 

    What is the role of a School Counselor?
     
    *Conduct a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate guidance and counseling program
     
    *Conduct staff development for faculty
     
    *Utilize referral services and community resources
     
    *Conduct parent & teacher conferences
     
    *Provide guidance lessons to each class regarding Academic, Career, Social/Emotional and Personal Safety topics
     
    *Work with identified groups of children with specific needs
     
    *Provide individual counseling to students struggling with adacemic difficulty
     
    *Help students set positive goals, practice responsibility and improve academic success.
     
    *Help provide support during a crisis.
     
    A child may see the counselor for:
     
    *Review and discussion of academic needs
     
     *Any problems that they may have that are impacting academic performance
     
    *Divorce or changing family issues to minimize negative academic impact
     
    *A loss of a family member or close friend
     
    *Significant individual or family crisis
     
    *Decision making or problem solving skills
     
    *Improvement and aid in the development of positive self-esteem
     
    *Developing and increasing social and organizational skills as it relates to academic performance