CRE Counseling Department
Welcome! My name is Annette Nietzsche I am the School Counselor at Cedar Ridge Elementary School in the Whitfield County Schools District. I have the privilege of working with our students through classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling, and individual counseling. I also collaborate with school staff and parents in order to best meet the needs of students. Please take a look around this page to learn more about our Comprehensive School Counseling Program, and available resources for parents and staff.
Services & Resources
During individual counseling, I provide a safe and confidential environment for students to discuss issues regarding their social/emotional needs, academic success as well as college and career goals. Individual counseling sessions often focus on topics such as: friendship issues, stress, time management, goal-setting, academic planning, bullying, family changes, social skills, organization, career exploration and development of problem solving skills.
Support groups are formed based on student needs. Students sharing similar issues or concerns work together in small groups consisting of about 3-6 peers. Depending on the subject, groups meet once or twice a week, usually last 30-45 minutes for 6-8 weeks. Small groups often address topics such as: divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.
Classroom Guidance Lessons
Classroom guidance is an essential part of the School Counseling program at CRE. Classes visit the Counseling Classroom 2-3 times a month. Guidance lessons focus on topics dealing with personal/social, career, and academic matters. Lessons support CRE’s PBIS framework and encourage positive values and character traits such as fairness, responsibility, citizenship, trustworthiness, caring, and respectfulness.