School Counseling

Mrs. Kayla Petty

About Me

My name is Kayla Petty and I am going to be your school counselor at Big Island Elementary School! I recently graduated with my Master’s in School Counseling from Liberty University. I am also certified as a Trauma and Crisis Management Specialist from the American School Counseling Association. This is my first year as a school counselor! I am originally from Connecticut, but I have lived in Lynchburg for the past 10 years. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a little girl who is 18 months old.

My Role:

My passion as the school counselor is to support the academic, career, and social/emotional needs of students so they can have success within the school and in all areas of life. I plan to check in with the students routinely and start small group counseling when it is safe to do so. I will also be working with classroom teachers to provide social-emotional learning lessons to support the mental health needs of the students. My office is located within the library and my door is always open for students to come and talk, take a break, color, play a game, and receive a listening ear.

My Favorites:

Color: Blue & Yellow

Animal: Llama

Sport: Running & Yoga

Hobbies: Reading books and baking desserts

Food: Pasta and pizza

Candy: Hershey’s Cookies & Cream

Movie: Beauty & the Beast

Drink: Coffee

Season: Fall

Book: Harry Potter Series

Confidentiality Statement

The confidentiality of students is of the upmost importance. What is stated in the counseling office remains in the counseling office for students and parents/guardians with the exceptions required by law and/or ethical standards. These include concerns of harm to self and/or others, abuse or neglect, and/or court and other legal proceedings.

If there is ever a reason to reveal information, I will inform you in advance and work with you to handle the situation in a manner that respects you, your feelings, and your needs.