Mossy Creek Elementary

Mrs. Ellen Gann

  • Counselor

Contact Info

Bio:

Counselor

My name is Ellen Gann, and it is both an honor and a privilege to be your child's school counselor! I have been a school counselor for thirteen years, including eight years at the elementary level. My family and I have lived in Cleveland for over 18 years. We have a small farm, and in our spare time, we enjoy tending to our farm animals, hiking, and swimming. I look forward to getting to know you and to working with you and your children. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I may be reached at 706-865-5000 ext. 5104 or by email at: ellen.gann@white.k12.ga.us.

Mission Statement of the Counseling Program

The mission of the Mossy Creek Elementary School counseling program is to ensure the academic, social/personal development, and career success of each student. By providing resources and support, each student will be given the chance to flourish academically in the classroom and also, socially in their future endeavors. The counselor will advocate for the students in every way possible as a means of maximizing their level of achievement in these areas.

In order to implement this mission successfully, we follow the developmental model of guidance and counseling:

  • The basis of a developmental guidance program is that the social and emotional development of children is a process of growth that changes all the time.
  • The program is available to all students.
  • It believes that all students have a capacity to learn and to be supported academically.
  • It believes that children who are aware of themselves and their needs will make responsible choices for themselves.
  • It believes that every child is unique and special!

As the school counselor, I will work within the school to provide:

  • Classroom guidance lessons on a variety of topics such as getting along with others, making choices, safety, following school rules, study skills, career education, and much more.
  • Individual counseling with students if the concern is very private. Students requiring more in-depth assistance are encouraged to find an outside agency for a more therapeutic approach.
  • Group counseling with small groups of children with similar concerns such as self-concept, anger management, peer relations, etc.
  • Assistance to parents and teachers when students are having academic, behavioral, emotional, or social difficulties.
  • Referrals to school and community agencies.
  • Parenting resources available for check-out in the Parent Resource Center in the MCES media center.

Guidance and counseling newsletters are sent home regularly. We encourage you to share family concerns that might be affecting your child at school. Please contact me at 706-865-5000 ext 5104 or via email at: ellen.gann@white.k12.ga.us if you have any questions or concerns.

Helpful Websites for Parents:

www.choa.org - Children's Healthcare of Atlanta site providing health and nutrition information for parents.

www.commonsensemedia.org - Provides trustworthy information including reviews and ratings for family movies, TV shows, games, apps, and more so that parents can make informed decisions.

www.connectwithkids.com - Supports students, educators, and parents by providing multimedia programs and services on student behavior and achievement.

www.gacollege411.org - Provides useful tools to help your child navigate their way to college. Includes career, high school, college, and financial aid planning. Includes a useful video tour of the website.

www.greatschools.org- Site includes parenting and advice articles grouped by grade level of your child. Topics range from homework help to parenting dilemmas.

www.kidshealth.org - Physician-reviewed information and advice on child and teen health and parenting issues.

www.pbskids.org/itsmylife/ - Information and advice for preteens, teens, and parents. Topics include: study skills, nutrition, fitness, friendship skills, puberty, anxiety, etc.

www.trustyguides.com/study-skills - Helpful study skills advice for students.

www.wondergrovekids.com - This site contains videos that teach social skills and life skills using engaging animated characters to model appropriate behavior for children.