• Dear Simonton Parents,

    We are excited to work with you this school year. We are here to help your child have a great academic experience. Please let us know how we can help you and your family at Simonton!

    Simonton Counselors,

    Chandra Williams (1, 3, 5)
    Laura Panzer (K, 2, 4)


    What is an Elementary School Counselor?

    Elementary School Counselors are "helpers" or "support staff" who are concerned with the academic, career and life skill development of every student. We work closely with parents, teachers, and administration so that as a team, we can help to provide the best education possible for every student.

    The School Counselor's role is one of consulting, coordinating and counseling. We teach classroom guidance lessons that cover the Gwinnett County Elementary School Counseling Competencies for each grade level. These lessons include topics such as: the importance of following classroom rules and directions, taking responsibility for our actions, learning about various careers, personal safety skills, and respecting similarities and differences of others.

    In addition to classroom guidance lessons, skills are also taught in small group settings. We offer a variety of small groups that aim to increase self-awareness, improve academic success and develop problem solving skills while builing a positive self-concept. Individual counseling is also available to students (students may be referred by themselves, teachers, parents, or administration).

    The Simonton School Counseling Program also aims to help students through school-wide programs including: Student Council, Care Team, Red Ribbon Week, Character Education and Career Programs.