• Welcome to Bearden! My name is Sarah Hamilton, and I am your Licensed Professional School Counselor. With a Master's in School Counseling and a Bachelor's in Family Studies, I believe in teaching and nurturing the whole-child. This is my 8th year at Bearden Elementary (if you don't count the time that I attended BES as a child!). Now more than ever, it's important to raise a well-balanced child, and my job is to support that. School Counselors work with all students in the building supporting and reinforcing positive school and life skills!

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    There are many ways your School Counselor supports student needs and meets with students:

    • Leadership Classes: Bearden students will have approximately one "Leadership" class per 6 weeks, totaling  6-8 classes per year. During these 30 minute classes, we work on the pillars of Character, positive friendship skills,  goal-setting, learning academic tips for success, bullying prevention and developing positive habits to ensure future career success.
    • Small Group-Counseling: I organzie and lead small, "friendship groups " for 6-week sessions on school skills, anger management, divorce, friendship, and grief to name a few. Parents may request and teachers may refer. Parent permission is required.
    • Individual counseling and support: I meet with students individually when requested by child, teacher, and/or parent.  (This is very common!)
    • Student Council: If your 3rd-5th grade student is elected in his class, I am the staff representative for the Student Council, leading schoolwide projects and events and building leadership skills.   
    Mrs. Hamilton is at Bearden El. on Wednesdays and Fridays only.
    sarah.hamilton@knoxschools.org or call 909-9000 for more information.     
     

    and a mom too!

      
     

    At Bearden, all students recieve BULLYING PREVENTION through Second Step curriculum in their Leadership classes. Students will learn the 3 r's: Recognize, Report, and Refuse bullying.

    They will learn how to distinguish between mean, rude, and bullying behavior. We will practice a strong and respectful voice and body language. Then, they will learn about being a bystander and standing up to bullies. You can help at home by role-playing and discussing possible scenarios. Additionally, you can contact myself or your child's teacher if you become aware of ongoing, intentional bullying. Look under 'helpful links' to learn more about Second Step bullying prevention curriculum!
     
    Lastly, Bearen is a very diverse and welcoming school. We have a friendship bench on the playground so that if any child is feeling lonely and needs a friend, all they have to do is go sit on the bench! Talk to your child about inviting someone to play when they see a child on the buddy bench. We are a very welcoming and friendly school! Please let me know if your child needs a little extra help making friends, or discovering their inner super hero!
     
    Be safe.
    Be respectful.
    Be responsible.
    Be kind.