Mrs. Bryant's Counseling Corner

Waddell Language Academy 4th-6th grade school counselor

About Mrs. Bryant

I am excited to serve as the 4th through 6th grade counselor this year. This is my second year at Waddell, my 6th year as a School Counselor, and 13th year as an educator. I was born in Tennessee and have lived in 3 NC, GA, and FL. I received both my BA in Elementary Education and MA in Counseling from North Carolina Central University. Go Eagles! My husband, Ronnie, and I have a son, and daughter who keep us busy! In my spare time, I enjoy reading, dancing Zumba style, traveling to warm climates, and rooting on the Panthers or Tar Heels!

Waddell School Counseling Mission Statement

The Waddell School Counseling Program nurtures and empowers academic growth and personal development in order to maximize each students potential to become a college and career ready citizen with 21st century skills.

I believe:

· All students have potential.

· All students deserve access to school counseling.

· All students deserve a safe learning environment.

· All students deserve opportunities to develop their skills, build upon their strengths and explore their interests.

What exactly does a school counselor do?

I implement a collaborative and comprehensive school counseling program by making sure that all students are learning skills to become successful in their academic, personal/emotional, and college/career domains.

At Waddell this looks like classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling sessions, and individual sessions to help support our students. I also help students and families who may experience crises or challenges at home or at school. I may work with students who are in need of academic success, test taking or study skills, learning styles, anger management, grief, behavior success within the school and/or at home, and college and career exploration to name a few.

I can also make outside agency referrals if a student or family may be in need of community support, intensive therapeutic services, and/or outside counseling. I also collaborate with the collaborative student support team and teachers with Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS/ RtI) Tier III plans, development of 504 plans, and parent teacher conferences.

4-6 Grade Counseling Curriculum

Each year, I give a Needs Assessment to Students, Staff, and Parents. This helps me to determine what topics are necessary for coverage each year. I use ASCA's mindsets and behaviors and NC Guidance Essential Standards to help with planning developmentally appropriate classroom lessons, topics for groups, and individual counseling plans.

Possible Topics:

  • Responsibility
  • Friendly Behavior is Respectful Behavior
  • How to Make Friends and Keep them
  • Difference between bullying and being mean
  • Ways to report and refuse bullying
  • Time management/ organization/ study skills
  • Moving up to Middle School
  • Understanding Differences
  • Learning Style
  • College Exploration
  • Career Exploration

Topics are often coordinated with our school's monthly character trait:




December-Caring and Kindness

January-Justice and Fairness


March- Courage