Counseling Corner

Mrs. Teresa Bishop, Counselor
Teresa Bishop

JES School Counselor
Email: tbishop@jeffcityschools.org
Phone: 706-367-8242, ext. 312

My name is Teresa Bishop and I am very excited to be your child’s School Counselor. I consider it a privilege to watch children as they develop emotionally, socially, and academically. Most of all, what a privilege it is to work in an environment that allows me the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of our precious students and their families.

I have been blessed to work with children for over 16 years. I began my career working as a para-professional. I loved it so much that I later became a teacher. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Piedmont College and my Master’s Degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. I enjoyed six years as a second grade teacher and one year as an EIP teacher.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your family this year. It is a pleasure to have a job that offers the opportunity to watch children learn and grow as they discover their individual talents and gifts. Each individual talent is equally important, whether it is in academics, music, athletics, creativity, communication, relationships with others, or having the gift to make others smile and feel happier just by merely spending time with them. All talents are equally important in making Jefferson Elementary School the success that it is! If I can be of any assistance to you during the school year, please feel free to contact me.

Counseling Program Information

The Jefferson Elementary School Counseling program is designed for all students. The Counselor provides well-planned developmental guidance activities to help all children learn skills needed to face the challenges of school and everyday life.

School Counseling programs promote and enhance student learning in three broad content areas. The first area is academic development, which includes activities to support and maximize student achievement. The second area is career development, which introduces skills and knowledge that enable students to make a successful transition from school to work. The third area is personal/social development, which promotes personal and social growth as students’ progress through school and into adulthood.

The School Counselor performs a variety of duties and facilitates many activities for the school. These include and are not limited to the following:

  • Individual counseling with students as needed. This service provides students with a safe and private environment to talk about any issues that may be affecting them, while building a trusting relationship where they can express their feelings confidentially.
  • Group counseling with small groups of children who have similar concerns in a setting where they can learn from each other and share ideas.
  • Classroom guidance lessons for all grades which cover a variety of topics including making friends, personal safety, academic support, career awareness, problem solving, self-esteem, bullying, and other preventative lessons.
  • Supporting teachers with any needs they have with students.
  • Coordinating referrals to school system services and community agencies.
  • Providing resource information to parents.
  • Assisting with school attendance incentive activities.
  • Promoting a “Bully Free” school and other school-wide behavior and preventative initiatives.