Mission Statement: The mission of the GFMS School Counseling program is to advocate for all students as they maximize their potential to become socially and academically productive, responsible students, preparing them for high school and beyond.

Hi and Welcome to the GFMS Counseling Website! At GFMS, there are two counselors, Shannon Cox and Ashlyn Olson. Shannon Cox is responsible for all students whose last names begin with M-Z,  and Ashlyn Olson is responsible for all students whose last names begin with A-L. The Counseling Department provides individual and group counseling to students whom may benefit from these services. In addition, the school counselors deliver classroom presentations as needed. Mrs. Cox and Ms. Olson work closely with teachers, administrators, and parents to ensure that the school is meeting students' needs. The counselors are available to help students reach their academic, career, or personal/social goals. The Counseling Department's main goal is to be an advocate for all students.

Mrs. Cox's Students: 
Last Names M-Z

Ms. Olson's Students:
Last Names A-L

Please click on the link below for more information about Middle School Counselors:

School Counselors Are...
  • Professional educators with a mental health perspective who are extensively trained on how to understand and respond to today's diverse student population
  • The hub for the personal/social, academic, and career development of students
  • Professional experts who are capable of working towards systemic change that will directly impact individual students' academic success
  • Professionals who recognize students as young people with feelings who have a right to their individual freedoms
  • NOT disciplinarians; but do provide counseling to students before and/or after discipline in order to support and help the student recognize areas of improvement
  • Leaders within the school and community to help students achieve success
  • Essential in order for middle school students to realize full potential in areas of academic, personal/social, and career growth
Source: American School Counseling Association

As school counselors, we are here to help ensure that you and your child have a successful school year! Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any concerns! Use the Referral Form link or tab to contact us, or you may call us at (828) 396-2341. Thank you for your support in our mutual goals of raising healthy, competent, and successful adolescents!