Mrs. Guffey
  • Jaime Guffey
    (205) 342-2939 Ext #3
    Welcome to the School Counseling Program at Taylorville Primary

    Facebook Page- @tpscounseling

    Twitter- @tps_counseling

    Taylorville Primary School Counseling Vision Statement:

    The vision of the Taylorville Primary School comprehensive school program is that all students love and respect others, work as a team and build healthy, lasting, relationships. They will successfully master career, academic, and social/emotional skills during their time at TPS. Students will be prepared to confidently navigate the ever-changing world around them, whether they pursue a college education or go into the workforce.


    Taylorville Primary School Mission Statement:

    At TPS, we show love and respect as we grow a team of leaders.


    Taylorville Primary School Counseling Mission Statement

    The mission of the Taylorville Primary School counseling program is to prepare all students for success by implementing a data-informed comprehensive, school-wide counseling program that promotes mastery in the areas of academic, career, and social/emotional domains.


    What does the school counselor do?

    · Teaches lessons in all classrooms on a monthly basis

    · Meets with students who want to get help solving a problem or chat about something on their minds

    · Facilitates small groups for students on topics like grief and anger management

    · Consults with parents and teachers on topics like parenting, discipline, building strong families, and students’ academic, emotional, and social success in school

    · Helps families connect with community resources

    · Coordinates our school’s character education program

    · Organizes school-wide service learning projects

    · Serves on our school’s Problem-Solving Team (PST)
    · Works with teachers, administrators, and parents to develop and implement  the school counseling program
    What topics are taught in classroom lessons?

    · Emotions and coping skills

    · Conflict resolution

    · Friendship/social skills

    · Career exploration

    · Respecting individual differences

    · Character (responsibility, perseverance, trustworthiness, etc.)

    · Personal safety

    · Cooperation and teamwork

    · Academic readiness and skills for learning

    · And many more! Ask me if you’d like a complete list of standards or download the “Guidance Curriculum Scope & Sequence” on the  Alabama State Department of   Education website.

    What do we do in small group and individual meetings?

    · Talk about little things, big things, or anything in between

    · Read books or draw pictures to discuss concepts

    · Play with games, puppets, and toys to connect, communicate, or practice skills

    · Offer support and encouragement

    · Build confidence

    · Develop problem-solving abilities

    · Teach coping, social, or other needed skills

    · Give children the opportunity to connect with other students having similar experiences
    When should I contact the school counselor?
    Please don’t hesitate to call or email if I can help your child or your family with anything, especially if you have questions or  concerns about the following:

    · Your child’s emotional well-being

    · Stress or changes at home

    · Your child’s relations with peers

    · Your child’s behavior/accountability

    · Books or ideas on parenting or building a strong family

    · Getting help from resources in the community

    · Being a parent volunteer! I would love help with service projects, Career Day, the Counseling Advisory Committee, or other aspects of our counseling program!