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Hello! My name is Andy Belcher, and I proudly serve as the guidance counselor at James Madison Middle School!
School counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by the complexities of the 21st century American family. In Kentucky, a professional middle school counselor must hold at minimum a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling in order to practice. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Middle school counselors do not work in isolation; rather, we are integral to the total educational program. We provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve success in school. At James Madison, that means providing guidance in the following ways:
Academic planning programs
Parent and family education
One-on-one parent conferencing
Assessment results interpretation
Assistance with students’ academic plans
Classroom guidance activities on study skills, career development, etc.
Academic support, learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically
At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success
Behavioral management plans
School-wide needs assessment
Student data and results
Student assistance team building
Job shadowing, service learning
Please allow me the pleasure to serve your family during your time at James Madison Middle School.