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School Counselor


Dear Parents,


The school year is already underway, and it is going to be an exciting one.  As your school counselor, I have a lot of exciting events planned for families and students, and we would like to start off by telling you a little about me and my duties.


I will be working with grades 4TH-6TH.  I have a Masters in School Counseling with my initial degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  I am thrilled to be a part of the Upper Elementary team and working with your children.  I will  have office hours from 8:00-11:00 & 2:00-3:35.  After 11:00 I will be doing small group instruction and then during IRT will have some guidance counseling times. 



My duties include classroom guidance lessons, small group and individual counseling, as well as consultation with parents, teachers, and administrators.  While counselors never discipline students, I can assist with positive behavior strategies.  My goal is for each student to develop socially, emotionally, and academically, and I strive to create a safe and positive environment in which each child can accomplish this. 


School counselors work with students on social skills, bullying, divorce, anger, college and career preparation, anxiety, friendship, mentors, grief/loss, and many other important concerns.  I can assist our families in times of hardship, as well as with clothing and food needs.  As a counselor, I am dedicated to helping each child succeed in school and life.


Please contact me if I can ever be of assistance.    


Shayla Barnes                                               

Grades 4-6                                                     

School Counselor                                          

Jay Upper Elementary                                                                     

(918)253-3535 ext. 225 0