Northside Elementary

School Counseling Program

Ms. Mitchell

Hello! My name is May Mitchell I am the school counselor at Northside Elementary. I am here to help students have a successful school year. As the school counselor, I work with teachers, support staff, parents/guardians, and members of the community. I am part of the team that works to create a positive learning environment for all students reflective of our school’s core values - Respectful, Responsible, and Safe.

I am available by phone or email.

Personal Philosophy

I believe that each child is unique, possessing intrinsic personal worth and dignity, deserving of unconditional positive regard and respect.

I believe that each child deserves equal education in which they are appreciated and accepted.

I see my role as a counselor, collaborator, advocate, coordinator and agent of change, promoting each child's educational, academic, and career growth.

The School Counseling Program Provides:

Classroom Lessons

  • Emotions, coping skills, communication skills

  • Conflict Resolution, Diversity, Empathy, Collaboration

Group Work with Students

  • Friendship/Social Skills/Lunch Buddies/Anger Management

Individual work with students

  • Short-term work to meet social, emotional, and behavioral goals.

Crisis Intervention

  • Help in planning to prevent crisis

  • Restore safety and routine after a crisis.

Consultation with staff and parents/guardians

  • Discuss and plan for student needs.

  • Provide resources and education

Referral assistance to services in the community

  • Clinical counseling, case management, and emergency planning

Professional Summary

I have a Master’s degree in Counseling Education and I am a National Certified Counselor. Currently, I am the counselor at Northside Elementary School. While working for the Chapel Hill Carrboro School System I have had the privilege of serving on the district Equity Team. I serve on Northside's Equity, PBIS, and RTI team. Ongoing communication and collaboration with staff allows me to deliver counseling services school wide while also overseeing state testing mandates. I have over seven years of counseling experience including: cognitive behavior therapy, play therapy, and crisis counseling. I collaborated in writing a grant on primary prevention of sexual violence that was funded by the Center for Disease Control, and developed an anti-oppression curriculum as a part of that work. I have supervised a number of staff and volunteers as part of my role with the Orange County Rape Crisis Center and have had the opportunity to train other professionals in how to support survivors of sexual abuse.