School Counseling

Mrs. Winstead


The purpose of the Hamblen County Department of Education's elementary guidance program is to help students to become successful, productive, and self-sufficient citizens.  To be productive citizens our students need

  • to accept responsibility
  • to respect humanity
  • to care for their community
  • to learn to adapt to change
  • to seek peaceful solutions to conflicts
  • to understand that it is their duty to contribute to society


The elementary school guidance counselor helps children 

  •  learn to make responsible decisions and become independent problem solvers
  •  build a positive attitude toward self and others
  •  recognize and accept their abilities and limitations
  •  understand and deal with their feelings
  •  learn to get along with other people
  •  cope with situations that are difficult to change
  •  become aware of the world of work

The elementary school guidance counselor works with parents by

  •  encouraging a positive home/school relationship
  •  encouraging better communication with school personnel
  •  being available through phone contacts, conferences, and parent organizations

 The elementary school guidance counselor works with teachers by

  • receiving classroom concerns and referrals
  • working with the community programs and specialists in the school to meet the needs of children

 How does a student get to see the school counselor?

  •  Self referral
  •  Teacher referral
  •  Parent referrral
  •  Administrative referral

 Reasons students may want to see the guidance counselor

  • support and understanding
  • enhancing self-concept
  • improving peer relationships
  • learning problem solving skills
  • modifying behavior
  • learning about careers
  • feeling good about school

 The Hamblen County elementary guidance program is conducted through classroom guidance activities, small group sessions, and individual contacts.

If you would like to speak to Mrs. Winstead or to make a referral, she can be reached at the Intermediate building on Mondays, Wednesday until 10:00, and Thursdays at 585-3861 or at the Primary building on Tuesdays, Wednesdays after 10:00, and Fridays at 586-6560.

Character Counts

Since it is the goal of the guidance program to ensure the future for our society and the preservation of our heritage, we encourage families and community groups to promote character traits which are symbolic of responsible citizens. The Hamblen County Department of Education adopted the Character Counts program as the basis for its elementary guidance curriculum.  The program is aimed at developing students with character traits that will enable them to become productive citizens. Character Counts is centered around the six personal qualities identified as being basic to good character.  These qualities include

  • Trustworthiness--Honesty and Integrity, promise-keeping
  • Respect--Treating others the way you want to be treated
  • Responsibility--Do what you are supposed to do
  • Fairness--Be open-minded and listen to others
  • Caring--Helping and forgiving
  • Citizenship--Obey rules and laws
Go to the Character Counts section under "Clubs and Organizations" on the Russellville website to see the photo albums of students who won Character Counts awards.


 A Special Friend

Sometimes I'm happy

And sometimes sad.

Sometimes I'm scared

And sometimes mad.

When I need a friend to listen,

Someone to understand,

A place to go and talk a bit,

The counselor can lend a hand.

We might read a story

Or play a game,

Watch a film, or just chat

About why I came.

When I need help

It's nice to know

That the counselor's office

Is the place to go.