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School Counselor

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Mrs. Tara Marks

What Is a School Counselor?


School Counselors support all students in grades PreK-12 with academic achievement, social and emotional development and career planning. School Counselors are licensed and have completed an approved master’s program and an extensive internship before becoming licensed. 


A school counselor’s work is multifaceted meaning that each day brings something different. School Counselors guide, teach, encourage, and lead. Sometimes you’ll find us with a student in an individual meeting, others times we can be found teaching classroom lessons about understanding and managing our emotions, using appropriate communication skills, or resolving conflicts. On other days, we may spend time supporting students with behavioral needs, or encouraging healthy friendships, coping skills, and self-regulation skills with students through small group counseling. School Counselors work hard every day to ensure that each of our students are set up for success not only academically, but socially, emotionally, and psychologically. Taking a “whole child” approach and addressing overall wellness, School Counselors recognize the significance, benefit, and advantage to maintaining a healthy balance between each of these areas. 

Many of our strategies are enhanced by our collaboration with passionate teachers and administrators, community agencies, local ISD's, and research-informed social-emotional curriculum and programs such as Second Step, the Zones of Regulation or even our own Core Values initiative.


However, there are also times when the scope of the services that School Counselors provide may need to be supplemented with additional resources, and we make referrals to outside agencies to connect you, our students and families, with the help you need, when you need it. School Counselors are here to help in any way that we can. 


Want more details? Check out this video on The Role of an Elementary School Counselor.

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If you, your student, or a peer is experiencing more extensive or crisis-related concerns (such as severe depression or anxiety, self-harm, harm to others, or suicidal thoughts), please contact one of the following resources:

Michigan's Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline

(855) 444-3911

This toll free number allows you to report abuse or neglect of any child or adult, any time day or night.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-TALK or text 741741   

If you’re in emotional distress or suicidal crisis-or concerned about someone who might be, do not wait and call. 


Boys Town National Hotline

(800) 448-3000

Crisis and support line for children, youth and their parents. 


Crisis Hotline

(800) 273-8255 or text 741741

For anyone dealing with a crisis including anxiety, depression, economic concerns, family conflict, grief, etc. 


Love is Respect

(800) 331-9474   

Support for yourself or others in an abusive relationship. If you are unable to speak safely, go to or text LOVEIS to 22522.


Trevor Crisis Hotline

(866) 488-7386   

Emotional support for LGBTQ+ students.


If necessary, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. 

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