Sailing over the horizon: Guide to FIS Counseling services

Members of the Counseling team will..

  • Advocate for students at school

  • Work with teachers and parents providing helpful suggestions

  • Provide academic, emotional, & behavioral supports to students

  • Identify and implement strategies to help address the social and emotional needs of students

  • Provide Social and Emotional classroom lessons using Second Step curriculum for each grade level

  • Encourage and support college and career readiness skills

  • Help students understand themselves and others

  • Encourage and support goal setting to help students reach their fullest potential

  • Provide information on community resources that can benefit students and their families

Mrs. Peggy Dickerson (Guidance Counselor)


MS. Dawn Forrer (Student Advisor )


Mrs. Peggy Dickerson is the School Counselor here at FIS. She is originally from Pocomoke, MD and attended Worcester County Public Schools...a graduate of Pocomoke High School. She received her teaching degree in Business Education in 1981 and her Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1990 from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

She has spent the majority of her career as a School Counselor. Her first seven years were spent in Caroline County at Federalsburg Elementary School where she was a School Counselor for K-5 grade students. This year will be Mrs. Dickerson's 23rd year at FIS, and she is as excited now as when she began here in 1998. She loves being a school counselor and everyday feels grateful to work with students, teachers, administrators, and parents. It has always been her desire to work with children; to help them effectively deal with a variety of problems and inspire them to do their personal best in their lives.

Please visit the description about the role of a School Counselor and how Mrs. Dickerson can assist you and your child. Also, please feel free to contact Mrs. Dickerson at or at 410-677-5805 if you need assistance.

She looks forward to meeting new faces and seeing familiar ones.

Ms. Dawn Forrer is the Student Advisor. She was born on the Eastern Shore and has resided in Salisbury for over thirty years. She has three adult children and a puppy named Tucker.

Ms. Forrer has over twenty years experience working with children and over fifteen years working in Wicomico County Public Schools. She holds a Bachelors of Science from Salisbury University and a Masters degree from Wilmington University.

She thoroughly enjoys encouraging and supporting students in her role and providing them the necessary resources to help them reach not only their academic, but personal goals as well.

Please feel free to contact Ms. Forrer at or at 410-677-5805.

Please click below if you would like to request assistance in addressing student mental health concerns or other related concerns.

Ms. Amber Justice (Special Education Counselor)

410-677-5805 .

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Hey there, Fruitland Intermediate families and students! My name is Ms. Justice, and I am the new Special Education Counselor working between both Fruitland Primary and Fruitland Intermediate Schools. I am so eager and excited to meet you all even during this challenging time that we are in. I am a native of Salisbury, Maryland and even attended both Fruitland schools years ago. I received my Bachelor's degree in Special Education in 2011. Then, I received my Master's in School Counseling in 2014. I have been a school counselor for 3 years and a special education teacher for 6 years within Wicomico County.

Fun Facts About Me:

  • I am an only child and the mother of 4-pound, 4-legged girl named Aeri.

  • I have two goddaughters ages 5 and 13.

  • Some of my loves are my family, flair pens, journals, candles, church, and Chick-fil-A.

Ms. Kaitlyn Cook (Social Worker)


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Hi everyone! My name is Kaity Cook and I am the new school social worker for both Fruitland Primary and Fruitland Intermediate Schools. I am so excited to start working with you and your families and to see all your smiling faces, even through the masks!

I was born and raised in Salisbury, MD and attended both Fruitland Schools when I was your age! I went to Salisbury University and received my Bachelors in Social Work in 2017 then my Masters in Social work in 2018. Prior to being a school social worker, I was a mental health therapist for 2 years! I truly love working with students and their families, and helping them reach the best version of themselves!

Fun Facts About Me:

  • I am a dog mom of a German Shepard named Wentz! (He is 2!)

  • I am the middle child! I have an older sister and a younger brother.

  • I have traveled all around the world and enjoy learning about different cultures.

  • Some of my favorite things; the Philadelphia Eagles, the beach with a good book, French fries, Dr. Pepper and sunflowers!

Until we get to meet in person, virtual hugs! Please feel free to contact me at kacook or at 410-677-5805. I am so excited to meet you all and your families!