• Who is the school counselor?

    Professional School Counselors are certified/licensed professionals with a master’s degree or higher in school counseling and are uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all students 

    What does the school counselor do?

    Professional School Counselors deliver a comprehensive school counseling program encouraging all students’ academic, career, and personal/social development and help all students in maximizing student achievement.

    Counselors are specialists in human behavior and relationships, providing assistance to students through four primary interventions: counseling (individual and small group); large group guidance; consultation; and coordination.

    Counseling is a confidential relationship in which the counselor meets with students individually or in small groups to help them resolve or cope constructively with their problems and developmental concerns. 

    Consultation is a collaborative partnership in which the counselor works with parents, teachers, administrators, school psychologists, social workers, and community health personnel in order to plan and implement strategies to help students be successful in the education process. 

    Coordination is a leadership process in which the counselor helps organize, manage, and evaluate the school counseling program. 

    Developmental Classroom Guidance lessons are provided to foster students’ academic, career, and personal/social development.  Counselors advocate for all students through a collaborative effort with teachers addressing specific needs of the class and school


    Why does an elementary student see the school counselor? 

    A student may see the counselor for a variety of reasons.  Some are:

    • Decision-making and problem-solving skills
    • Family concerns
    • Divorce
    • Death of a loved one
    • Fears
    • Illness; self or others
    • Development of positive self-worth
    • Developing social skills
    • Any problem that is causing the child concern

    How can a student access the services of the counselor?

    • Self-referral
    • Teacher referral
    • Principal referral
    • Parent referral


    How do I talk to a school counselor? 


    Our phone number is 865-671-5027 and our e-mail addresses are hannah.kincaid@knoxschools.org and samantha.mcknight@knoxschools.org

    Some of the information in this document was adapted from Sharing the Vision: The National Standards for School Counseling Programs by the American School Counselor Association.  www.schoolcounselor.org