School Counselor

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    My name is Carla Gafford.  I am the Elementary School Counselor at Sory.  I have been at Sory since it opening.  I have been in the teaching profession for 26 years.  I have taught special education, second grade, and first grade before going into counseling.
    This page provides you with information about the School Counseling program, upcoming counseling-related activities and events, and counseling topics and resources.

     What is a School Counselor?

    I am a (minimum Master's level) certified, trained, and caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order for every student to achieve academic and social success. School Counseling services are delivered in four specific ways:

    • Classroom Counseling Curriculum- designing ,structuring, and delivering classroom lessons so that students develop specific outcome-driven competencies in all grades PK-5 (personal/social, academic, career)and driven by the needs of the school population
    • Individual Student Planning- assisting students with goal formation/planning (behavioral, academic, etc.)
    • Responsive Services- meeting immediate student needs (counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, referral, peer mediation, information-providing)
    • System Support- schoolwide program planning and implementation (PBIS, Instructional Leadership Teaming, etc.), consulting with other professionals, coordination of various supports for students and families


    Classroom Counseling lessons- I develop and implement K-4 classroom curriculum driven by national school counseling outcomes. Classroom lessons are regularly scheduled and address personal, social, academic, and career-related needs at the child's developmental level.  Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing/bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure.

    Character Counts! 

    "Intelligence plus character– that is the true goal of education.” -MLK

    Here at Sory Elementary, our character education program is “Character Counts!” It contains six pillars/traits designed for the purpose of positively impacting the behavior and academic success of each student by creating a caring learning environment that develops successful students and good citizens.
    Age-appropriate guidance lessons to cover these traits are taught by the counselor. Outstanding students who demonstrate the character word of the month receive recognition and rewards.

    Six Pillars of Character


    *Follow the Golden Rule!
    *Be tolerant of differences. 
    *Use manners.
    *No put downs.
    *Be considerate.
    *Don’t threaten, hurt /hit anyone.
    *Deal peaceful w/anger/insults.

    *Be honest.
    *Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal. 
    *Be reliable.
    *Be loyal.
    *Build a good reputation.
    *Have the courage to do the right thing.

    *Do your share to make your school better.
    *Be a good neighbor.
    *Obey the laws and rules.
    *Respect authority.
    *Protect the environment.

    *Do what you are supposed to do.
    *Persevere-keep trying! 
    *Use self-control.
    *Think before you act. 
    *Be accountable for your choices.
    *Consider consequences.

    *Be kind.
    *Show you care.
    *Be compassionate.
    *Express gratitude.
    *Forgive others.
    *Help others in need.
    *Put others first.

    *Play by the rules.
    *Take turns.
    *Be open-minded.
    *Listen to others.
    *Don’t take advantage of others.
    *Don’t blame others carelessly.

    Great Websites for Parents!

    The Parent Institute

    The Partnership at DrugFree.org

    Stop Bullying Now!

    Prevent Child Abuse

    Grandparents and Relatives Raising Children

    KidsHealth for Parents


    Bully Prevention - PBIS

    Teaching Tolerance: Diversity Acceptance