Mrs. Ellen Miller
“I’m your Child’s School Counselor”
The Counseling Program at Nebo Elementary School is designed to assist your child in making the most of his or her educational experience. As your child’s Counselor, I am concerned about his or her academic, career, and personal and social development.
I have a Master’s Degree in Professional School Counseling from Gardner-Webb University. I also have an Advanced School Counseling Certification from UNC-Greensboro. In addition, I am a certified School Counselor by the state of North Carolina. Before I became a School Counselor, while my children were young, I worked several years as a substitute teacher, a teacher’s assistant, a Title I assistant, and as a remediation teacher. I am currently a member of The North Carolina School Counselor Association and The American School Counselor Association.
The Counseling Program at Nebo Elementary offers the following specific activities:
Reasons that I might contact parents/guardians regarding their child include, but are not limited to, the following:
I am not qualified to provide long-term intensive counseling/therapy for students. If at any point, after working with a student on an individual basis, I believe that the student requires more intensive support, I will discuss with the parents/guardians the availability of outside agency support services.
Your child will be participating in the School Counseling Program on a regular basis. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to call me at 828-652-4737. I sincerely look forward to working with your child in the coming year to help them have a successful experience at Nebo!
It’s hard to believe that the end of the school year is upon us! I always say that each year gets faster than the one before and this year has been no exception. It’s been a jam-packed second semester!
My intern, Claire Bilbao, graduated with her Masters in Professional School Counseling from Appalachian State University in December. All of us here at Nebo, teachers, staff and students miss her a LOT! Claire is working in Asheville while she keeps her eyes and ears open for a School Counseling position.
I started new Lunch & Learn Groups after the 1st of the year, continued and finished up on Classroom Lessons focusing on the 7 Habits for all grades. I spent extra time with the 5th grade classes during the months of March through May working on Career Exploration. Collaborating with Mrs. Julie McKinney, our Media Coordinator, I had the students take an on line career interest survey and from there they researched and learned about careers and career clusters that fit their personalities. Many students were surprised to find that “their likes/plans/goals” fit with what the survey told them! Some students reacted with “I never even thought about doing _____ as a job or career!” These classes took place while my colleagues and I were planning the MCS 5th grade Career Fair & the CTE Fair at the high school. In April, the 5th grade students of the county all participated in the Career/CTE fair and had a great time!
There have also been transition meetings with folks from East McDowell Middle School as our 5th graders look ahead to being 6th graders at the Middle School next year! While there is the normal bit of apprehension from some of the students, they are ready to move forward and explore the world of Middle School! I have all told them that there are 2 key strategies to being successful in Middle School. **BE ORGANIZED & MAKE GOOD CHOICES** Your “pre-teens” are entering a time in their lives when friendships are THE most important areas of their lives. We have all tried our very best here at Nebo to help them to learn the importance of making and hanging around a good set of friends, to get involved in some kind of club, sport, or band. Your child’s sense of self-worth and belonging are what they are searching for during these Middle School and High School years. Please encourage them to make good choices.
We are entering into the final weeks of school and EOG testing for our students in grades 3 – 5. I have visited all of those classrooms to remind them of what they can do for themselves to have successful testing days!
#1 : GET PLENTY OF REST!! **Go to bed between 8:30 & 9pm. NO TV or Electronics of ANY kind after supper!! Their brains will stay active and they will not be able to go to sleep.**
#2 : EAT BREAKFAST!! **No sugary cereals. Protein = cheese toast, peanut butter toast, granola bar, banana, etc… The cafeteria will provide a great high protein breakfast on test mornings too!!**
#3 : POSITIVE SELF-TALK = NO STINKIN’ THINKIN’!! **Be kind to yourself and say “I CAN do this, I WILL do this.” Breathe & Believe in Yourself!**
Our 5th grade students will graduate the evening of June 8th at 6:30. I hope to see everyone there with their families!! This is such a special celebration as they wrap up their Elementary School Years.
The last day of school for students is Friday June 9th. I wish everyone a very happy, fun, and safe Summer and I look forward to seeing some new faces and old friends when we return in August!