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School Counseling Program

Mr. D's Beliefs:  All students can achieve and meet high standards that will result in college and job ready skills.


Student developmental needs are best met by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that is planned, managed, delivered and evaluated by licensed professional school counselors.


School counselors are leaders, advocates and collaborators who support equitable access to a rigorous curriculum and opportunities for self-directed personal growth for every student.


Data must be analyzed and developed into goals that guide the comprehensive school counseling program which promotes student achievement.

Licensed Professional School Counselors adhere to ASCA Ethical Standards to promote the maximum development of every student.


Vision: Motivate, Educate and Advocate for student success!


Mission: The mission of the Swansboro Elementary school counseling program is to guide students in achieving academic, personal/social and career success. We will support students in acquiring the attitude, knowledge and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others. School counselors will provide students with opportunities to investigate the world of work and make informed career decisions.

  The vision and mission of the Swansboro Elementary's counseling program is accomplished through:


  • Individual counseling to students  

Individual counseling is a private interaction between a counselor and a student in which they work together on a problem or topic of concern. A one-on-one meeting with a counselor allows the student to freely explore ideas, feelings, and behaviors. 

How does a student see the counselor?

Self-referral       Teacher referral   Parent request

Administrative referral       Crisis/Emergency


Unfortunatley, School Counselors do not have the resourcce to do long term counseling.  I will be glad to work with families to find outside long term support.  I can meet with students who are experiencing extreem distress over various issues who need support in the learning environment.

About Confidentiality - When students meet with the school counselor, the things discussed will be held confidential unless the child gives permission for the counselor to share the information with someone else.  However, there are some serious situations in which confidentiality will need to be broken in order to get further assistance for the child.  These situations include:

If I discover from the child or someone else that someone is hurting him/her

If I discover from the child or someone else that the child may hurt someone else

If I discover from the child or someone else that the child may harm him/herself

If a judge tells me I must reveal information in a court of law


  •     Lead counseling groups  

Small Group Counseling involves a counselor working with two or more students over a period of time.  Group members have an opportunity to learn from one another as they share ideas, give and receive feedback, and increase their awareness.  Small groups are designed to address a variety of issues including: Military Support, family changes, getting along with others, grief, self-esteem, making smart choices and anger management. Please contact Mr. D if you would like to refer your child for a counseling small group.


  •     Teach classroom guidance lessons

Counselors develop and present guidance units to classes to address developmental issues or areas of concern.  Students at Swansboro Elementary receive monthly classroom guidance. Lessons highlight our monthly character traits:  responsibility, respect, self-discipline, compassion, courage, honesty, and integrity and personal safety. 


  •     Consult with parents & teachers

We attend conferences at the request of a parent/guardian or a teacher. We are available to meet with parents to discuss concerns regarding their children.  In order for us to provide direct assistance to students during the school day, parent and teacher conferences are usually scheduled in the early morning before classes or during after-school hours. Please call for an appointment.


  •   Red Ribbon Week Coordination
  •   Academic Derby Advisor
  •   504 Laision
  •   Safety Patrol (Lookout Scouts) 
  •   TED (Tramanic Event Debriefer)
  •   Assist with Coordination of State Testing


  •     Work with outside community resources

Counselors provide information to parents regarding assistance programs available in the Swansboro area, including agencies for counseling outside of school. Additionally, I coordinate our Holiday Assistance program where local families, agencies and area churches provide food, clothing and presents to SBES families especially during the Christmas season.


  •     Coordinate various programs (including)

Backpack Buddies: A non perishable weekly food drive supplied to needy families. Nonperishable food items are filled in a book bag, given to the child to take home over the weekend. The child brings the book bag back to school where another full book bag will be given to the child to take home. This continues as long as the family chooses to participate..

 Fitness Club: We (select 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students) meet on Friday morning 8:30 - 9:15am and pursue fitness activities that help lead to a healthy lifestyle.

STRIDE: is a fun fitness and running program for boys in the 3rd through 5th grade.  Boys have the chance to share their thought and opinions about various topics taught with the goal of helping develop excellent character.  We end the program with all boys and running buddies participating in a 5k.

Success, Teamwork, Respect, Inspiration, Determination = Excellence in Character.


 GQ/LOH: Gentlemen of Quality - Ladies of Honor - is a group of 4th and 5th grade young men and women who meet weekly for 12 weeks to develop qualities such as school success, manners, service to others and awesome hygiene while realizing the importance of education and looking at various higher education institutions.  One of the saying of the GQ's and LOH's is "I realize that the choices I make will decide my future."


Holiday Assistance:  Families face many challenges and one way that we strive to assist them is coordinating resources to help during the Holidays.  Many churches, civic groups and organizations contact the schools and through the Guidance department - we connect families who may be struggling financially to these resources and coordinate the available resources that we have here in Swansboro.  If you are in need, please share with Mr. D.


Onslow County Schools' Character Education

In support of the Onslow County Schools' and Swansboro Elementary's Missions and Goals, the Board of Education has selected desirable character traits to be emphasized throughout the school year.  Students learn about and practice the traits that characterize responsible citizens who make positive choices.


Introduce All Traits
Do you show good character?


Respect self, others and property


Control your words and actions.


Be kind to others!


Are you dependable?


Be honest, trustworthy, and fair!


Do you cooperate with others?


Are you patriotic?


Can you be trusted?


All Traits
Celebrate good character!