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My name is Dr. Debbie Harnois, and I am the school counselor at MCE. I have been in education for 19 years serving students in a variety of roles ---- elementary substitute teacher, pre-k paraprofessional, middle school counselor, and high school counselor. This is my fourth year at Mulberry Creek Elementary.
After working in the legal field for 13 years, I returned to college and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and an M.Ed. in School Counseling from Columbus State University. I received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor for the state of Georgia. I am also the Lead Instructional Counselor Coach for the Georgia Deprtment of Education training school counselors across the state of Georgia the new Georgia Comprehensive School Counseling Model.
I am married, have one daughter and two teenage grandchildren. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. We love the outdoors, and we spend a lot of time hiking and exploring different areas of the country. We refer to these trips as our "Lewis and Clark Expeditions", which provides us with the opportunity to explore our beautiful nation and meet interesting people. I am an avid SEC football fan. On Saturdays, we enjoy watching SEC college football or traveling to Tuscaloosa to cheer on our favorite team. Roll Tide!
I adore my MCE students, and it is a pleasure to come to work every day. I am blessed to be employed in Harris County, and I especially love being here among the people of this awesome community. If you have ever heard that we are a family, it is true. We take care of our people, and we love our children!
If I can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.
August 10 - First Day of School
September 7 - Labor Day - No School
September 11 - Progress Reports
October 12 - Columbus Day - No School
October 16 - Report Cards
November 11 - Planning Day
No School for Students
November 16 - Progress Reports
November 23-27 - Thanksgiving Break
December 21 - Planning Day
No School for Students
December 22 - January 1 - Winter Break
January 4-5 - Planning Days
No School for Students
School Counseling Mission Statement
As school counselors, our mission is to empower all students to reach their full potential by providing a comprehensive and developmental school counseling program that promotes personal growth and academic success. Our efforts in these areas for our students are part of a collaborative model that includes parents, teachers, administrators, and community stakeholders. Program goals that promote academic, college/career, and social/emotional development are based upon school data and needs assessments. The ultimate objective is to help students identify their interests and abilities, strengthen their unique capabilities, and instill a desire to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
School Counseling Vision Statement
The vision of the Mulberry Creek Elementary School Counseling program is to provide a data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program that nurtures the students’ academic, social/emotional, and college/career development that will encourage students to achieve their full potential to become responsible citizens and lifelong learners.
I believe school counselors have the privilege to help all students meet high standards and high expectations in all areas of their lives: academic, career, and social/emotional development.
I advocate for equal access to all programs for all students with all stakeholders so that the needs of all students will be met.
I encourage a positive, safe, orderly, respectful, and culturally sensitive environment through the implementation of our core curriculum, through small group and individual responsive services, and by promoting positive behaviors in others.
I believe that responsible student behavior and a passion for lifelong learning will develop through the implementation of the comprehensive and developmental school counseling program with all stakeholders working together to fulfill a common mission.
I utilize data as a tool to develop, deliver, and evaluate our comprehensive school counseling program.
I adhere to the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors and the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators to ensure that all students are being served by professionals with high standards.
I believe professional school counselors should continue to develop professionally by attending conferences, workshops, and programs to increase their overall knowledge in the field of school counseling.