• 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 9th 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!