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Education

I am highly qualified in the following areas:

  • School Counseling
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Interrelated Special Education

 

My professional credentials are listed below:

  • 2008--- Initial Certification in School Counseling, University of West Georgia, Carrolton, Georgia (Post Masters) 
  • 2003--- Reading Endorsement (Georgia RESA) 
  • 2002--- Interrelated Special Education, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia (Post Masters Add-On) 
  • 1998--- Specific Learning Disabilities, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia (Post Masters Add-On) 
  • 1997--- National Certification CRCC #31364 (Expired 03/31/99) 
  • 1993--- Masters of Science Education Degree with Emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia 
  • National Certification CRCC #31364 (Expired 03/31/99) 
  • 1981--- Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama 
  • 1981--- Certificate of Gerontology, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama


Experience

I have been at Fairmount Elementary since 1998.   Serving others has been at the core of who I am.   Each of my past work experiences in medical social work, rehab counseling, and teaching Special Education students have all led me to my position as school counselor.

As a medical social worker, I worked with the elderly population as well as people with physical and mental disabilities. I spent 10 years working in nursing homes and assisting with families during the admission process as well as the discharge planning process.  I also helped with facilitating support groups, overseeing volunteers, referring out as needed and coordinating activities for the patients.  

In my rehab counseling work, I assisted people who were injured in their job setting and provided my clients with guidance and support. I interacted with other professionals, i.e. insurance agents, lawyers, doctors, nurses, and employers all in an effort for a successful return back to work.

As a special education teacher, I gained a lot of experience in seeing how each of us have individual talents and strengths.  I truly learned that every single human being has value. I taught students who were intellectually challenged, students with both learning and emotional disabilities, students who had other health impaired disabilities and students with Asperger's Syndrome. What I learned during those eight years with this particular population of students was that each and every child deserves the right to an education.  I then learned for myself that I really enjoyed teaching reading.  Seeing a child learn to read for the first time and take letters and sounds and form words is a gift in itself.     

All of the above positions involved treating others with respect, maintaining documentation and confidentiality, communicating with the public, utilizing organizational skills, practicing safety measures, and improving the quality of life for other human beings.  With that said, I am truly honored to be your child's school counselor.    

 



Bio

Welcome to the Fairmount Elementary Counseling Website!  My name is Carrie Thompson and I love my job as the counselor.   It is my goal to help all students reach their full potential.  I work in collaboration with teachers, parents, administrators, other Gordon County counselors, student support personnel, and community agencies.   Together, we strive to provide the best possible services to help all students succeed.

Our school counseling program is competency based and goal oriented.  The curriculum delivered throughout the school year addresses academic skills, social/emotional development, safety concerns, and career awareness.   Under the CCRPI (College and Career Ready Performance Index), I am charged with ensuring that 1st through 5th graders are exposed to specific career clusters.  In helping each student identify their aptitudes and interests, I try to give them an early start in finding their lifetime dream job. I also try to tell the students, "When choosing a career, let what you love, be what you do." 

Like all other Gordon County counselors, I adhere to the guidelines of the American School Counseling Association (ASCA).   Direct services are provided to students through classroom guidance, individual counseling, small group counseling and learning activities.   I have taught and counseled over a thousand students in my many years here at Fairmount, and I hope that I have made a positive difference in their young lives.

Please feel free to contact me between the hours of 7:15 AM until 3:15 PM.  I can be reached at 706-879-5380, ext. 2015 or at cthompson@gcbe.org.  I will make every effort to get back in touch with you as soon as possible.