School Counseling At Westmont

Who is your school counselor?

My name is Ms. May and Westmont has been my home since 2006. Originally from Wisconsin, I went to Newberry College in South Carolina on a tennis scholarship where I got my BS in Elementary Education. I received my Master's Degree in School Counseling while I taught 1st grade because I had a desire to reach students in a different way. I have the unique task of building important life skills that are essential to learning, solving problems and getting along with others. One of my main focuses is teaching resilience to set our students up to be successful in all areas of their lives!

What does a school counselor do?

In our school counseling program I collaborate with students, faculty and parents to promote success for all of our students. I focus on academic, personal/social and career development so students can acquire skills to be successful both in and out of the classroom.

I teach classroom guidance in grades K-5 on a 2-week rotating schedule. Lesson topics include social skills, problem solving and career lessons. I also pull small groups and individuals to focus on acquiring coping skills to overcome challenges such as anxiety, family changes and getting along with others. I am lucky to be able to get to know so many of our students and be a safe place they can go when they need help!

Furthermore, I assist families by providing school supplies-we have various donations so please email me if your child needs anything! I work closely with our school social worker, Jan Scarbary, to help families with community resources. Please contact me if your family is in need of extra food or holiday assistance in December. We participate in Food 4 Kids as well as The Columbia County Foundation for Children holiday assistance program.

Also, I coordinate and manage gifted testing at Westmont. Gifted testing is conducted twice per year. Fall gifted testing is conducted for referred new students only (which includes new 1st through 12th grade students entering into the county). Spring testing is conducted for all referred K-12 students who have not been tested within the last 2 years.

Please don't every hesitate to contact me when you have questions or concerns about your child! I look forward to a great school year!