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    Thank you for taking the time to find the School Counseling/ Social Worker page. We hope that you find it useful. Please continue to check back throughout the school year as we will be adding content as the year continues. Our School Counselor is Ms. Patricia Lutu-Mayes. She prefers to be called "Ms. Patricia". She is excited about beginning her second year here at East Knox Elementary and her 13th year as a School Counselor. Our social worker is Candice Clarke and this is also her second year here at East Knox Elem.., and her 3rd year with KCS. She also has many years' experience as a social worker in the Knoxville area. We share Mrs. Clarke with Carter Elem., Dogwood Elem., Gap Creek Elem, and Mount Olive Elem., but she is here at East Knox on Mondays. Our school social worker connects families to community and school resources, as well as helps families identify and address barriers to attendance. Even though she works at other schools, she is always available. If you need her, you can call her, text her or email her.

    East Knox is a “Leader in Me” school and will provide lots of opportunities for your child to develop leadership skills and responsibility. All students will continue using chromebooks and using technology more in our classes. This will include the school counseling classes which are called "Life Skills", previously called guidance class. Students will be showing more responsibility through the use of technology, navigating classes/courses, and always doing their personal best using the “7 Habits” as part of the Leader in Me program. 

    The 7 Habits are 1. Be Proactive 2.  Begin with the end in mind 3. Put first things first 4. Think win-Win 5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood 6. Synergize 7. Sharpen the saw 

    We are the Cougars here at East Knox and remember “Cougars CARE.” East Knox Elem. and Knox County Schools will do all we can to provide a safe and welcoming environment for our students to continue to grow and learn. My  job as your school counselor is to help with that any way I can. This will take everyone communicating their needs. So, please do not hesitate to call or email your child's teacher, the school counselor, the social worker, or one of our amazing administrators, if you have any questions or concerns this year. Our contact info is:

    Main Office - (865) 933-3493


    Ms. Patricia Lutu-Mayes / School Counselor

    - patricia.lutumayes@knoxschools.org

    Mrs. Candice Clarke / Social Worker

    - candice.clarke@knoxschools.org or (865) 385-8072

    Mrs. Kristi Woods / Principal

    - kristi.woods@knoxschools.org

    Mrs. Cyndee Casselman / Assistant Principal

    - cyndee.casselman@knoxschools.org




                          East Knox County Elementary 

    Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Program


    As your School Counselor, I provide many different services through our school counseling program. 

    Services provided through our comprehensive developmental school counseling program include:


    * Classroom Lessons

        (Academic, Social-Emotional, & Career  lessons- aligned with TN Student Standards) 

    * Individual Counseling (Note: this is NOT therapy, it IS extra help with school-related skills, ex. coping skills, organization, focus, self-advocacy, etc.)

    * Small Group Counseling (topics based on needs ex. grief, divorce, study skills, etc.)

    * Consultation and Collaboration (I work together with all stakeholders)

    * Parent Meetings 

    * Crisis Management

    * Referrals (to outside agencies, ex. for Mental Health services if needed, or other assistance)

    I feel very fortunate to be able to work in such an amazing environment with extraordinary students and staff members. I look forward to working with you and your students. My goal is to help ensure that every student feels happy, safe, and is ready to learn  with the skills needed for success. Please contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have regarding the school counseling program. 

    The school counselor is here to support our students with comprehensive services that will address their social-emotional, academic, and career interests.  The counselor will help provide a nurturing environment with high expectations for student success. Our school counseling program centers around having good character and practicing our Leader in Me 7 Habits, and the TN standards for School Counseling. Our students will learn how to be safe, respectful, and responsible.  The counselor will see classes on a rotating basis and will also see students in small groups and individually, as needed or requested.  The counselor takes teacher, parent/guardian, caregiver, and self referrals from students.  Referrals can be made by anyone. Referrals are made for social, academic, school or home-based concerns. All information that is shared with the counselor is strictly confidential. Remember the counselor or social worker can also help with family needs such as food and clothing. If you have a concern, remember Cougars CARE and we want to hear from you if you need anything.  See the left side table of contents for specific webpages, such as referral links, resources and other links, etc. 

     2023-2024- NEEDS ASSESSMENT   *** Attention/ Action Needed ***


    Parents and Teachers: As part of my job and to ensure that we understand the needs of our students, the social worker and I would like you to please take a quick needs assessment, if you have not already done so. Students will have a separate needs assessment. They will do this with me through Life Skills Class. The information on the assessment will help me to better plan for classes and other things for the school year, as well as, help our social worker to address needs we may otherwise not know about without your input. Thank you in advance for your time and willingness to help us better understand the needs of East Knox, our students, families, and community. Have a great day! Please click on the image below to begin the assessment.


                                  needs assessment                                    


                                                Use the QR code or Click on it 

                                      to complete our schools Needs Assessment 



                                                                  Thank You !




                  LIFE SKILLS with Ms. Patricia

                         CLASS SCHEDULE


                                         FALL semester 2023




    nov calendar



                                SPRING semester 2024










                  Lesson Topics for the year

    Lesson topics

    These topics come from the Quaver Ready series

    for SEL and are required for use in my classes this year.

      Quaver Ready https://www.quavered.com/login/


    Anyone can do a 30 trial and look over the lesson if you would like.

    I will still try to have my lesson over views on CANVAS.



    TN State Standards for School Counseling

            TN standards








        Ms. Patricia

        "Ms. Patricia"

    Professional School Counselor

    Patricia Lutu-Mayes M.S. 



    East Knox County Elementary

    9315 Rutledge Pike 

    Mascot, TN 37806

    865-933-3493 Main Office  




    Masters of Science --Spring 2011

    Major: Counseling

    with Concentration:School Counseling

    University of Tennessee  


    Bachelors of Art -- Fall 2008

    Major: Psychology

    Minor: Child & Family Studies

    University of Tennessee 



         Candice Clarke


    Candice Clarke, LMSW
    Social Worker - Knox County Schools
    East Knox/Carter Elem./ Dogwood Elem./Gap Creek Elem./ Mount Olive Elem.
    Work Cell:  (865) 385-8072 


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