What Does a School Counselor Do?

    • An Elementary School Counselor provides:

         -School Guidance Curriculum

             -A comprehensive program that promotes knowledge and skills in three content areas: academic achievement, career development and personal/social growth

         -Individual and Small Group Student Planning

             -Ongoing activities designed to help individual and small groups of students to establish personal goals and develop future plans

         -Responsive Services

             -Includes: consultation, individual/small-group counseling, crisis response, referrals, peer mediation

         -System Support

             -Professional development, collaboration, program management and operation


      Elementary School Counselors help students:

        -achieve academic goals

        -develop a better understanding and acceptance of themselves

        -cope with life changes

        -develop problem solving and decision making skills

        -develop emotionally and socially

        -begin to develop career goals


      Elementary School Counselors help school staff:

        -understand and meet students' personal, social, emotional, academic, and

          behavioral needs


      Elementary School Counselors help parents:

        -understand their child's emotions and behaviors

        -access community resources when needed

        -with strategies to use at home with problem behaviors


      What are some specific things Dr. Sharp does?

      - Classroom Guidance for all grade levels

      - Work with small groups and individual students for a variety of reasons

        such as:

           -behavioral concerns

           -attendance concerns

           -academic concerns

           -family/life changes and crises

           -friendship issues



      - Facilitates/Assists with the following programs:

      • Leader In Me
      • PALS
      • Character Education and Core Essentials    
      • SEL Program
      • Family Engagement
      • Red Ribbon Week
      • Shine Time
      • Student Lighthouse Team



    In addition to being our campus counselor, Dr. Sharp serves as our campus Lighthouse Coordinator, helping to direct our teachers in the presentation of our leadership curriculum. He is an active member of our Campus Improvement Team, collaborating with other staff to create the optimal learning environment for our students. Dr. Sharp Co-Sponsors our Student Lighthouse Team, a leadership organization on our campus founded upon the principles of charity and integrity. Recently, Dr. Sharp was named Lead Elementary Counselor for Allen ISD and works directly with the Director of Counseling and Guidance to help advocate for all school counselors in Allen and for the needs of all students.