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Counselor's Corner

A little about me!

 My name is Elizabeth Bishop, but feel free to call me Ms. Liz. I was born and raised in Savannah, GA. My husband Brett and I moved to this area in 2011, and we now live in Swainsboro with our two sons, Benton and Brady. I received my B.A. in Psychology in 2008 from AASU and my M.Ed. in Counselor Education in 2011 from GSU (GO EAGLES!). I knew at a very early age that I love to work with children. I starting keeping the nursery at my church in middle school, and I babysat all throughout high school and college. I also interned for my church youth group in college, and that was when I really knew I wanted to make a career out of helping kids. Children and adolescents experience all the same emotions as we adults do, but they may not always know how to deal with them. That's why I am here. I am here to help them through their struggles and feelings, and to introduce them to what it means to have good character. The information below will tell you how I plan to do this and all about the SES School Counseling Program. You can also find my contact info at the very bottom. Click HERE to see my Virtual School Counselor Office!

I look forward to working with your children this year!!


SES School Counseling Program's Vision Statement                      

The Swainsboro Elementary School Counseling Program’s vision is to provide their students with a comprehensive school counseling program that helps them to acquire academic, career, and social/emotional skills. These skills will encourage all of the students to be lifelong learners and to reach for their fullest potential. The students will use the strategies learned from the school counseling curriculum, which is based on data from throughout the school year, to help them to exceed in their academics, relationships, home life, and future work or post-secondary education. This program encourages positive student growth, and achieves this through working with teachers, administration, parents, and the community.


The Swainsboro Elementary school counselor believes that:

  • All students are unique and should know their self-worth
  • All students have the ability to learn
  • All students can be responsible and productive
  • All students can achieve given the proper support and education
  • All students have the right to participate in a comprehensive developmental school counseling program delivered by a state certified, Master’s degree level school counselor
  • All students’ ethnic, cultural, racial, and sexual differences and special needs are considered in planning and implementing the school counseling program
  • All students learn better when they feel they are in a safe environment


SES School Counseling Program's Mission Statement

The mission of the Swainsboro Elementary School counseling program is to ensure all students receive a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program that concentrates on the academic, social/emotional, and career development of all students. It is aligned with the missions of the Georgia Department of Education, the Emanuel County School District, and Swainsboro Elementary School. With this alignment, our program works to design and implement a program that supports the school’s learning environment, promotes the importance of students being lifelong learners, and teaches ethical behavior. The program partners with teachers, administrators, parents, and the community to nurture student growth and make certain that all students’ needs and future goals are being attended to. 


What exactly is a school counselor?

School counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling, making them uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, career and social/emotional development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. (ASCA)


What services do I provide for your child?

One-on-one counseling: I provide a safe and caring environment for students to talk about their academic, social/emotional, and career development needs. If there is ever a time you would wish for me to see your child and talk to them about something that is going on, please fill out this Referral Form.

Small group counseling: I utilize the Zones of Regulation curriculum for my small groups. This curriculum helps students gain skills in the area of self-regulation. The lessons and learning activities are designed to help the students recognize when they are in the different zones as well as learn how to use strategies to change or stay in the zone they are in. Click HERE to learn more about the Zones of Regulation curriculum.

Classroom Character lessons: I develop structured lessons designed to help students address address their social/emotional, academic, and career-related needs. These lessons are appropriate to their age and developmental level, and are given once a month. If you would like to learn more about what your child will be learning every month in the Character lessons, please click HERE to see Swainsboro Elementary School's 2021-22 School Counseling Core Curriculum plan.

Each grade level at SES has their own Google Classroom for Social/Emotional and Character activities. It will be titled "SES Character Lessons (plus their grade level)". If they have NOT already added this classroom to their Google Classroom, I have listed the codes below for each grade level. They will need to go to the Google Classroom website and click on the PLUS sign in the top right corner to type in their grade level code. 

3rd Grade - paobb7t

4th Grade - nghdlmn

5th Grade - htdgnf7

Please know that you can contact me with anything by calling the school at (478) 237-7266 or emailing me at