Meet Your School Counselor, Ms. McCaskill
Hey there! I am so excited for another year at SMES. I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2018 with a Bachelors in Public Relations, earned my Masters of Education in School Counseling from Valdosta State University in 2020, and am currently working on my Educational Specialist Degree. This will be my third year as a school counselor. I love working with students and families at SMES and helping them through life's challenges.
My primary goal is to help all students become better learners by providing a comprehensive counseling program that meets their academic, career, and social/emotional needs. I meet with students individually, conduct small groups, and teach classroom counseling lessons. I provide solution-focused brief counseling to help students overcome issues that have an impact on their school performance, but my role is not to diagnose or provide long-term therapy. I am happy to refer out to community resources such as mental health professionals if needed. I also work closely with parents, administrators, and teachers regarding attendance concerns, 504 plans, and the MTSS process. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can help with!
Classroom Counseling Lessons
August Lesson Topics:
Kindergarten - Kindness
1st and 2nd grade - Growth Mindset
3rd grade - Friendship
4th grade - Empathy
5th grade - Growth Mindset
Small Group Counseling
How Do I Refer my Student to Speak with the Counselor?
To refer your student to be seen by the school counselor, please complete the School Counselor Request Google Form. If you need more immediate assistance, please call me at 912-882-9280.