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

Angel Werner
Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S)
Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
Registered Play Therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S),  Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Registered Play Therapist. I obtained my Masters Degree in Education of Counseling from the University of New Orleans. I have extensive experience in the education system on all grade levels with a focus on early education. My philosophy on education is to meet a child where they are. Then, teach them the skills needed to move towards academic success. I am grateful that I get to be apart of your child’s life journey.

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!

Hot Topics

Talking to your children about keeping their bodies safe

Earlyopenoften.org contains shareable child protection resources designed especially for families, with tips on how to start sensitive conversations and reinforce safety rules.

Internet Safety for Tweens

Review the presentation below to learn more about internet safety for tweens.

Talking to children about terrorism

In light of tragic events around the world, parents may wonder, “How do I talk about this with my child?” We are sharing this article from Ritamaria Laird, MA, LCPC, NCC, a leading expert in pediatric mental health in Chicago, as it may help you tackle this tough topic.

Children and Sleep

I recommend this great read on what we have learned about children and sleep.

Dealing with separation anxiety

Welcome back Lycée friends and families! And “Thanks for joining our family” to our new families just starting Lycée Français. We are very excited about the new school year beginning. As we all begin to prepare for school to start questions may arise, worries, and anxiety producing tears or meltdowns. In order to help your […]

Anxiety in students: Turning it Around

Anxiety is a normal response to something dangerous or stressful. It becomes a problem when it shows up at unexpected times and takes a particularly firm hold. When anxiety is in full swing, it feels awful. Awful enough that anticipation of the feeling is enough in itself to cause anxiety. Read more here…

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

FAQ

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.

 

RESOURCES

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

Worries:
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