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Items Needed:


1] Birth Certificate (copies);


2] SocSec Card (copies);


3] Updated Shot Record from AL (original up-to-date)


4] Custody Papers, if applicable;


5] Proof of Residency in parent/guardian's name, (such as a light bill, rent statement, cable or phone bill)






MRS. RITA JACKSON, Professional School Counselor

Prior to becoming a counselor, I taught high school / middle school English and Spanish for many years with Limestone County Schools,; after which, I explored other surrounding school systems, serving as counselor and librarian. I believe in being a lifelong learner, love attending conventions & training, and bringing that information back to my colleagues to share new ideas.

            When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading (fiction, non-fiction, and my Bible), being with my husband of 38 years & my 4 grown children {Will, Brandon, Brianna, & Brody}; Playing with & enjoying our family & grandchildren {Lillian, Abby, & Bryant}, travelling to the mountains, watching Alabama football, watching Atlanta Braves baseball, doing a little deer hunting, rambling /exploring new places (junking) and playing with our blue heeler, Lucy.




  • University of Alabama, (Tuscaloosa) 12 Graduate Hrs in Counselor Education toward Ed.S., 2008 - 2009

  • University of West Alabama, Livingston, 3rd Master's Library Media certification, 2006-2007

  • University of West Alabama, Livingston, 2nd Master's School Counseling/Psychology 2003-2004

  • University of North Alabama, Florence, 1st Master's Secondary English/ Education, 1994-98    +Spanish Teacher certification & 9 Graduate Hours in Special Education via Scholarship (Learning Disabilities, Language Development, Teaching Students w/ Behavioral Issues & Learning Disabilities)
  • Athens State University, Bachelor of Science in Language Arts + Mathematics teacher certification; Sigma Tau Delta officer; Cum Laude; Teacher Honor Society; Who's Who Among America's Colleges & Universities; Writing Center Tutor (3 Years); Steelcase Scholarship recipient
  • Calhoun Community College, Secondary Ed focus; Phi Theta Kappan

  • West Limestone High School, 1976 Honor Graduate; Top 10% of graduating class

  • Limestone County Career Tech Center; Business Office Education; FBLA Officer; Winner of Limestone County Spelling /State Contender

  • Member of AEA, former LCEA Vice President; Member Salem Springs Baptist Church, Alabama Counselors' Association, ALabama Library Association



Prior to graduating at ASU, I worked 3 years in the Writing Center, under the tutiledge of Barbara Searcy, Dr. Curtis Coleman, Dr. Penne Laubenthal, and Dr. Albert Elmore, where I provided assistance to students with their writing assignments and edited publications for faculty members, including Dr. Mark Durm.



  • Ardmore High School, English/Language Arts & Spanish teacher, Limestone County Schools 1994 - 2001+ Spanish club and textbook committee chairperson for English / Language Arts & textbook committee for Spanish teachers in county

  • West Limestone High School, Spanish & English teacher, Limestone County Schools 2001 - 2004+ Coached Varsity Cheerleaders for 2 years; served as EL coordinator for high school

  • Piney Chapel Elementary & Johnson Elem, School Counselor, 2004 - 2005

  • West Limestone High School, Language Arts teacher, 2005 - 2008



  • Legacy Elementary, Library Media Specialist & Public Relations Chairperson, 2008 - 2009



  • Giles County HIGH, HS GUIDANCE COUNSELOR 9 - 12, split alphabet K - Z, Scholarship chairperson, 504 coordinator, BOYS & GIRLS STATE, AWARDS Day chairperson, FAMILY Night Career Tech presenter, Coordinator of College Recruiter visits, Coordinator of Military Recruiters; Trained by University of TN to administer ACT, End-of-Course Testing; STAR Student Software Management training



  • West Morgan High School, HS GUIDANCE COUNSELOR 9 - 12, Coordinator of TESTING (AHSGE), PSAT, ACT; 504 Coordinator; trained in Mobile for I-Now / STI transition for counselors; Transitioned Cum Cards to computer; trained with Decatur City Schools to transition AHSGE results onto I-Now; coordinator of MILITARY RECRUITERS & College / Career Recruiters; trained at ACCESS learning center in Madison (counselor role & principal role training) to coordinate DISTANCE learning; trained with Gwen Baker at Calhoun for Dual Enrollment & KUDER career software.


  • F.E. Burleson, Library Media Specialist; instrumental in encouraging the implementation of RENAISSANCE ENTERPRISE Accelerated Reader hosting program; provided training for faculty; LIFETOUCH trained / YEARBOOK Sponsor; Student Council sponsor; Book Club intermediate grades


A counselor is a professional educator, with a Masters' Degree in School Counseling,

experienced as an educator in the classroom, who has completed an internship,

belongs to a Professional organization, and provides guidance / service in scheduling,

individual and small group guidance, large group via a curriculum in line with the CCS

and the ALSDE / ASCA standards, maintains permanent records, enrollment/withdrawals,

and attendance.



 "As your new school counselor at Hatton, I hope to get to know each of your children through

our comprehensive guidance program. School Counseling promotes the academic, social, personal,

and career interests of your children through lessons that correlate to the ASCA

(American School Counseling Association) guidelines. Promoting character, helping students overcome

any hindrance to their learning, and helping them to have FUN while learning, while getting along with others, and

becoming the very best that they can be to be a productive member of society ~ are all included in our goals here at

Hatton Elementary.I am so happy to be a part of the professional team of dedicated educators here in Colbert

County and look forward to a fantastic year! Please do not hesitate to contact me, if I can be of service to you!" 


(With me serving as counselor & librarian, you may need to leave me a message; I will return your call as soon as possible.)



Guidance Classes


30 - 45 Minute Classes x 4/Semester and serving all 12 classes during RED RIBBON WEEK.


Guidance Lessons will be on the dates listed below [barring no TESTING, MEETINGS, PROF Dev, or other school issues that may arise]. If your class has to be bumped, please be patient with me, as I will diligently try to reschedule, if at all possible. Due to breaks, holidays, etc. some months you may not have a guidance class or may have two times in one month. May was left off intentionally due to IEP’s, etc. I do not have testing schedule or training for testing yet, so these may change. I will let you know, if they do. TIME will be the same time SLOT you have for LIBRARY or at a time that you select but on these dates for GUIDANCE.







Semester 1




Semester 2

Aug. 29 




Fri, Jan 9

Fri, Sept 19



Fri, Feb 6

Fri, Oct 31



Fri, Mar 20

Fri, Dec 5



Fri, Apr 17







Semester 1





Semester 2

Fri, Aug. 29




Fri, Jan 23

Fri, Sept 26




Fri, Feb 27

Red Ribbon WEEK




Fri, April 10

Fri, Dec 12




Fri, April 24







Semester 1




Semester 2

Fri, Aug 15



Fri, Jan 16

Fri, Sept 12



Fri, Feb 20

Fri, Oct 24



Fri, Mar 13

Fri, Nov 21



Fri, April 3




Second Semester Guidance Lessons Include:

Tattle Tongue - Learning the RULES of TATTLING  - a wonderful book by Julia Cook

      1] Be a Ranger Danger

      2]Be a Problem Solver

      3] Is it a Now or Later Problem

      4] Mind your own Beeswax


 My Mouth is a Volcano  -

Teaching Students to have a filter & not say everything that pops into their heads and rolls down their tongue.  Another book by Julia Cook


7 Habits of Happy Kids    




How Full is YOUR Bucket? / What is a BUCKET FILLER?  




Being Thankful & Kind to Others    - Correlates to Thanksgiving / Food Drive         




LESSON / SAY No Way, Jose'; Just Walk Away from DRUGS

Guest SPEAKERS - Riverbend  Lesson - Substance Abuse



Award-Winning Children's Author, Mrs. Julia Cook & Mrs. Rita Jackson

at the Counselors' Conference, November 2014