Serving all of Louisiana

Counselors’ Corner

Our Mission Statement

Our school counseling program is a collaborative effort between the school counselors, students, parents and other educators to create an environment that promotes academic achievement. Our mission values and responds to the diversity and individual differences in our school and communities. Our efforts ensure equitable access to opportunities and rigorous curriculum for all students to participate fully in the educational process. We deliver prevention and intervention services that support the academic, career, personal, interpersonal and healthy development of all students.

Meet Our Counselors

Michelle Tate
Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)

I have been an educator working with students of all ages since 1997. I received my B.S in Secondary Education from Auburn University in 1997.  I moved to Memphis and obtained my M.S. in Instruction & Curriculum Leadership from the University of Memphis in 2000.  I lived and worked as a Memphis City School teacher for 10 years and in the process, obtained my Education Specialist degree in School Counseling.  I moved to New Orleans in 2008 and worked as a middle school counselor in St. Bernard Parish for eight years.  In the Fall of 2016, I joined the LFNO community.  I am so happy to be the Johnson Campus School Counselor!

Laura Stryjewski

Licensed School Counselor – Academics (Part-Time)

I have a MA of Education from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  I have taught overseas as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, Central Africa where I learned to speak French.  I spent many years working in Fairfax County Public Schools in northern Virginia as a School Counselor focusing on middle and high school students.  In the summer of 2020 I became a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC).   I am excited about continuing to build Lycée’s middle and high school counseling program where our focus is on supporting each student’s unique needs to the best of our ability.

Katherine Moser

Middle School Counselor (6th -8th Grade)

Originally from Baton Rouge, I moved to New Orleans over 10 years ago to attend Tulane University where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. My love for teaching and new experiences led me across the world to Thailand where I taught at an international school before returning to New Orleans to further expand my skills as an educator within public schools. In 2020 I received my Master’s of Health Sciences in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from LSUHSC New Orleans. I am a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). I am experienced working with students across age groups and cultures and I am excited to be a member of the LFNO community. I look forward to serving your student this year as their middle school counselor!

Robbye Lewis
School Counselor – Patton Campus

Hi everyone! I am Robbye Lewis, a school counselor at the Patton campus and a proud member of the Lycée team. Originally from Greenwood, MS, I spent many years in Hattiesburg, MS where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish from the University of Southern Mississippi as well as a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in School Counseling from William Carey University.  I have worked with every demographic in clinical, school, and community settings.  I absolutely love spending time with family and friends, exploring new and exciting places, and hanging out with the coolest poodle pups I know (Tofi and Tino).  I also teach children’s yoga and meditation and excitedly promote wellness for all.  I chose Lycée because Lycée gives children and families a variety of academic, cultural, cognitive, and psychosocial advantages.  I’m thrilled to be a part of such an amazing team. #geauxsaints #wbd #nolagold

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About our programs and community partners:

The school counselors provide prevention and interventions that support our students and teachers. We offer small group counseling, classroom lessons on personal/social, career exploration and academic development, short term counseling and referrals for long term support, advocate for students at student focused meetings, and collaborate with families/teacher/administrators and community agencies for students success.

CADA Prevention & Recovery

The school counselors provide prevention and interventions that support our students and teachers. We offer small group counseling, classroom lessons on personal/social, career exploration and academic development, short term counseling and referrals for long term support, advocate for students at student focused meetings, and collaborate with families/teacher/administrators and community agencies for students success. | LEARN MORE

No Place for Hate – Anti Defamation League (ADL)

With public displays of hate on the rise, it is more important than ever for schools to commit to programs that clearly define expectations in behavior for all members of the community. Whether you are a student, educator, or family member, you have a role to play in combating bias and bullying as a means to stop the escalation of hate. | LEARN MORE 

Community Partners

Mercy Family Center | Project Fleur de Lis
Created in October 2005, Project Fleur-de-lis (PFDL), a program of Mercy Family Center, began as an intermediate and long-term school-based mental health service program for youth and families who have been and/or continue to be impacted by trauma. PFDL was initially created in direct response to the overwhelming mental health needs of youth and families in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Over the past 12 years, PFDL has evolved to provide evidence-based treatment to youth, military families, and communities who have been impacted by community violence and interpersonal conflict. | LEARN MORE

Metropolitan Human Health Services
To ensure that person-centered support and services are available and are provided to eligible individuals with mental illnessaddictive disorders and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes. | LEARN MORE


When is it appropriate to contact my child(ren) school counselor?

Contact your child(ren) school counselor with questions or concerns regarding issues that may be affecting your child(ren) academic progress arise. Such issues could include family changes, social difficulties.

How do students see the counselor?

  • Self referral
  • Parent /guardian referral
  • Administration, teacher, staff referral request
  • Request by a friend ot meet with the counselor


How is the school counselor different from a therapist?

School counselors help students to be ready for learning by providing short-term assistance with particular issues that may be acting as road blocks to the child’s education. Therapists treat mental health disorders in an on-going, usually regular scheduled basis. If a child is upset or distressed in school, we will work with the child in order to help the child be ready to learn. For issues that go beyond the scope of school counseling, we can provide community resources to the parent/guardian.


Do school counselors make mental health diagnoses?

School counselors do not make mental health diagnoses. We do, however, use direct observation, input from parents/guardians, teachers and other staff and information from the student to create a portrait of the student in the school environment. This information is used by the counselor in conjunction with the teachers to determine strategies to help the student to be more successful in the school setting.



BOOKS: Check out some of these insightful books at your local library!

Growth Mindset: 
Bubble Gum Brain By Julia Cook

Grief & Loss: 
When someone very special dies.  By: Marge Heegaard
When Mom and Dad separate. By: Marge Heegaard

You’ve got Dragons. Kathryn Cave
Wemberly Worried. By: Kevin Henkes
Peaceful Piggy Meditation. By: Kerry MacLean
My Magic Breath By; Nick Ortner and Alsion Taylor

Character development:
Mr. Pea Body’s Apples By: Madonna
I am enough By: Grace Byers

PreK- 4 and Kindergarten:
Hands are not for hitting. By: Martine Agassi
What I like about me. By: Allia Zobel-Nolan