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School Counseling

 

 WHO IS MY SCHOOL COUNSELOR?

 

MRS. RITA JACKSON, Professional School Counselor

Prior to becoming a counselor, I taught high school English and Spanish for many years with Limestone County Schools, and 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

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EDUCATION

  • 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

 

 EXPERIENCE

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.

 

LIMESTONE COUNTY SCHOOLS

  • 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

 

MADISON COUNTY SCHOOLS

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

 

GILES COUNTY SCHOOLS

  • 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

 

MORGAN COUNTY SCHOOLS

  • 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.

HARTSELLE CITY SCHOOLS

  • 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

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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.

 

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 "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!" 

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(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.

 

 

LONG

Williams

Lamar

Hannah

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

 

 

Pless

Prestage

Moore

Reeps

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

 

 

Willis

Gargis

Miller

King

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

 

GUIDANCE LESSONS this semester include:

 

 

 

7 Habits of Happy Kids  

 

                     

 

 

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

      

 

 

Being Thankful & Kind to Others            

 

RED RIBBON WEEK - GUIDANCE LESSONS extended time with each LIBRARY

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

 

HONOR ROLL & PERFECT ATTENDANCE HONOREES from 1st NINE WEEKS 2014