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     Our Vision: Empowering all students to achieve personal success

    Our Mission: To promote educational performance, providing all students with the opportunities to acquire the academic, career, personal and social competencies necessary to achieve quality learning and life-long success.

    The Forsyth County School System has aligned the work of the counseling and guidance program to the American School Counseling Association's (ASCA) National Model. The ASCA National Standards reflect the expectations for all students to achieve.

      1. School Counseling Curriculum - guidance lessons or activities to promote the knowledge, attitudes and skills in three content areas: academic achievement, career development, and personal/social growth. The lessons include classroom guidance, group activities, and parent workshops and instruction.
      2. Individual Student Planning - activities designed to assist students to establish personal goals and develop future plans, which include appraisals and individual or small group advisement.
      3. Responsive Services - activities that meet students' immediate needs and concerns, such as consultation, individual and small group counseling, crisis counseling, referrals, and peer facilitation.
      4. System Support - activities that enhance the school counseling program and support the school. The activities include professional development, consultation and collaboration, and program management and operations.

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    Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Forsyth County Professional School Counselors of the Year

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    Sabrina Howell






    Lindsay Burnell

  • Elementary School Counselor of the Year – Christy Gabbert, Chattahoochee Elementary


    Christy Gabbert is proud to be serving students and families in Forsyth County.  She began her teaching career as a middle school teacher in Gwinnett County.  She has taught at a variety of levels, preschool through middle school.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from The University of Georgia and her Master of School Counseling degree from The University of West Alabama. Mrs. Gabbert has been working as a teacher and counselor in Forsyth County for 15 years.  She is dedicated to the students and families of the Forsyth County School System.  Mrs. Gabbert actively seeks connection and relationship with everyone she meets.  She believes it is important to solve problems and serve people.  Being a school counselor at Chattahoochee Elementary is one of her biggest joys.  Mrs. Gabbert enjoys spending time with her husband, Bill, and two boys, Will and Nate.  She has been a lifelong fan of the Dawgs and the Braves and attends games as much as possible.  In her spare time, she loves to read and spend time outside. 

  • Middle School Counselor of the Year – Sabrina Howell, Little Mill Middle School


    Sabrina Howell is honored to serve Forsyth County students as a counselor at Little Mill Middle School.  She began her career in Douglasville, GA teaching high school math.  Her experience includes 6 years as a classroom teacher and 20 years as a school counselor.  Mrs. Howell strives to help all students develop and reach their potential by providing a comprehensive school counseling program which addresses the academic, career, and social/emotional needs of students.  Mrs. Howell works diligently to support all students and advocate for their needs.  She greatly values the relationships she builds with students, families, and staff.  Mrs. Howell holds a Bachelor's degree from Berry College and a Master's Degree from University of West Georgia.  In her spare time, Mrs. Howell enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, and being outdoors.

  • High School Counselor of the Year – Lindsay Burnell Carlson, Denmark High School


    Lindsay is a Professional School Counselor and Wellness Coordinator at Denmark High School. She has called Forsyth County her home for the past 20+ years and was a high school student during the South/West and South/Lambert splits. She is an alumnus of South Forsyth High School and earned both her B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Professional School Counseling from Georgia Southern University. Lindsay has a background in leadership development, holistic wellness, yoga, and mindfulness. As a Professional School Counselor in Forsyth County, she has spearheaded numerous SEL programs to include school wide curriculum, canine therapy, Movement & Mindfulness and other wellness initiatives. Mrs. Carlson has organized and led student and adult advisors through the Sources of Strength Program at DHS, and she serves on the Total Wellness Committee of Forsyth County. This April, Mrs. Carlson married her long time partner Russell. They live in North Forsyth with their two dogs, Beans and Tylie, and their chickens, Squirrel and Duck.