Meet Your School Counselor!

Ms. Erin Davis

 

Long Branch Elementary School Counselor

 

Hello!  My name is Erin Davis and I am so excited to be the school counselor at Long Branch Elementary!  I grew up in Dahlonega, GA, attended LBES as a little girl,  and graduated from LCHS.  I went on to earn my Masters in School Counseling at UGA.  I love the outdoors and enjoy hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, and going on adventures.  I have lived in Costa Rica and Spain for a total of five months, and aspire to be fluent in Spanish.  My dream has always been to be an elementary school counselor that works with a rural population, and I am so blessed to be have the privilege of working with the students of Long Branch!  I look forward to getting to know you and your child!

 

As your child's school counselor, I am here to help your child be successful and happy at school.  I teach them to flourish in the areas of personal/social development, academic achievement, and career development.   Additionally, I help empower each student and help them overcome any barriers to these areas of development. 

 

 Each month I will go into your child's classroom and teach guidance lessons on the topics of character development, career development, saying no to drugs, and bullying prevention.    Additionally, I run skill building groups during lunch time on various topics throughout the year based on the school's highest needs.  These groups include but are not limited to: social skills, divorce, grief, and anxiety.  I also see students individually who are dealing with something in their life that is preventing them from succeeding in school.

 

 

 

Contact Information

 

Email: erin.davis@lumpkinschools.com

Phone: 706-864-5361

 

 

Philosophy of Education

 

I whole-heartedly believe that school counselors can make a profound difference in the lives of all children.  As an elementary school counselor, I have the unique privilege of helping students grow, learn, develop during their vitally formative years, and help them lay a strong foundation for life-long success.

I believe that each child needs an advocate who will stand up for them if they are in a time of need.  It is important that students have someone who truly believes in them and encourages them to maximize their individual potential. 

I believe school should be a place where children feel safe, loved, and encouraged to succeed and achieve their dreams.  For if students know that we believe in them, then they can believe in themselves.  This is vital in promoting intrinsic change in students’ academics, career development, and personal/social development.

I believe every child has the right to be truly heard and understood, to have a safe place to express their feelings and work through their challenges.  They need to know that they are special, unique, and wonderfully made.  In the words of Maya Angelou, “People may forget what you said, but they will never forget the way you made them feel.”  I take this quote to heart, and always try my best to embody these words in my work with others so that I create an environment where people feel comfortable, heard, and understood no matter what their life situation may be.

I believe in the celebration of diversity and culture, that each child has his or her own unique and distinct talents, gifts, abilities, beliefs, and needs.  Fostering this environment will not only help build students’ self-esteem and self-efficacy, but also help them to better get along with others and value the unique qualities of each individual.

I believe in the true power of a positive attitude.  Optimism, perseverance, respect, a strong work ethic, kindness, and compassion are powerful core character traits that promote life-long success and responsible citizenship, and I work to instill these traits in all of the children that I have the privilege to work with.  

I believe in the power of role models.  As educators, we model behavior to our students in every interaction we have with them.  We have the opportunity to repeatedly lead and teach by example the attitude, behaviors, and mindsets that we desire to see cultivated in our students.

I believe in collaboration, for many say it takes a village to raise a child.  Consulting and collaborating with parents, teachers, administrators, and the community results in effective positive outcomes for our students. 

I believe in using data-driven, research-based interventions to ensure that the comprehensive school counseling program is truly effective and meets the needs of all students.  Quantitative and qualitative data serve as a lens to show us where we have been, where we are now, and how we can best achieve where we desire to be.  I believe that continuous improvement is vital, both in ourselves and in our work.

I believe in advocating, providing a safe haven, inspiring dreams, building strong relationships through mutual respect and trust, building self-esteem and self-efficacy, celebrating diversity, instilling positive character traits, serving as a role model, community collaboration, research-based interventions, and continuous quality improvement.  I not only believe we can make a difference in the lives of children, I know we do.

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