Counseling Program
Meet Mrs. Heath and Mr. Craddock
Classroom Lessons
Individual Counseling
Small Group Counseling
Middle School
Mental Health

Welcome to Counselor's Corner.  Mary B. Neal is lucky enough to have a full time school counselor and a half time school counselor.  Mrs. Heath and Mr. Craddock work together to help all students.

Our goal is help all students achieve academically and grow to be a person with strong character.

Counseling Program
A brief overview of Mary B. Neal's Counseling Program

Mary B. Neal is lucky to have two counselors, Mrs. Heath and Mr. Craddock. Mrs. Heath is here every day and Mr. Craddock is here Tuesdays, Fridays, and every other Thursday.  Mr. Craddock focuses his attention on grades Pre-K through Grfade 1 and Mrs. Heath focusses on Grade 3 through Grade 5.  They both share the responsibilities of second grade.

The counseling program includes classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling and some individual counseling.  Our goal is to help all students achieve academically as well as grow to be a person of good character. Much of the program is based on our school wide character education program. This program focuses on positive character traits such as respect, responsibility, cooperation, caring, fairness, honesty, self-control, citizenship and perseverance.

Meet Mrs. Heath and Mr. Craddock
Meet Mrs. Heath

My name is Mrs. Jamie Heath and I have been a school counselor for ten years.  This is my fifth year at Mary B. Neal and I am very excited to continue working with our Blue Crabs of Character!

Please feel free to contact me to help with any of your child's needs.  I have an open door policy, so please feel free to drop by, send me an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or give me a call with any questions or concerns!  I look forward to another fabulous school year!

Meet Mr. Craddock

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Classroom Lessons

We often conduct developmental guidance lessons within the classroom.  Some of the topics include:
•Our monthly character traits
•Career awareness
•Social skills
•Service learning

Character Traits of the Month

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Individual Counseling
How can students receive individual counseling?

Parents often ask how their child can receive individual counseling. Here are some of the basic facts:

What is discussed?

Here at Mary B. Neal counselors offer limited individual counseling to students who are having difficulties that are affecting their success here at school. Students often have difficulties handling situations at home and then they are less able to concentrate at school. Students may also have conflicts with peers that disrupt their learning. These are some examples of topics covered during individual counseling.

How long is individual counseling?

Students meet with the counselor for 20 to 30 minutes to discuss problems they are having. The meetings are limited to less than 5 sessions and may happen weekly or biweekly. If the problem is largely based at home and it is unable to be resolved within 5 sessions the counselor can provide a list of outside resources that may be used for further counseling.

How can students receive individual counseling?

Students in grades three through five have self referral forms available to them in their classrooms. They can complete these forms and the counselor will then meet with them as soon as possible. Teachers and parents can also contact the counselor to request individual counseling for the student.

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Small Group Counseling
We work with small groups throughout the year which focus on learning specific social/emotional skills, such as: 
•Anger management
•Coping with parental deployment
•Coping with divorce/separation
•Coping with grief/death
• Academic/Organization
•Test Taking Skills

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Middle School
Tips about learning, socializing and talking with your child about middle school

How to Make the Move to Middle School

o   Prepare your child for more challenging work.
o   Be there to help your child with homework.
o   Help your child get organized.  Set up a quiet, well-lit study area.
o   Discuss new schedules using lockers and getting used to a large building.

o   Talk to your child about being apart from old friends and making new ones.
o   Discuss peer pressure-what it is and how to say no to it.
o   Talk about bullying. Report any incidents to the school.
o   Make sure your child takes part in any available orientation programs.

•Ask your child question about what he or she is excited about or worried about.
•Be ready to talk.  Listen closely.  Give your child your full attention.
•Be open to talking about physical and emotional changes, or other issues.

Get to know school staff.

Talk with teachers, the principal and school counselors.  Be sure to ask questions-and get help if you need it.  Also get to know other parents and your child’s friends.

Test Prep Test Anxiety Article
Homework Success Tips  Homework Success

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