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     It is wonderful to see the return of all of my friends, as well as many new faces. I am amazed at how fast the time passes! We have been so busy! Please let me know if there are things that I can do to help make your child's school year even more successful.
Meet The Counselor
     My name is Cathy DeVaughn and I love working with the students and faculty of  Anderson Elementary. I am a graduate of Booneville High School- Go Devils!! I continued my education by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Blue Mountain College and a Master's degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in school counseling from the University of Mississippi. I have certification as a secondary teacher and K-12 school counselor in Mississippi. I began my career in education as a classroom teacher where I was able to share my love for science with many students. Five years later, I joined the Booneville School District as a school counselor and have been privileged to work with both students and teachers to create a positve, safe learning environment at our school.
     My professional memberships have included Mississippi Counseling Association and Northeast Mississippi Counseling Association in which I served as President for one term. These memberships have allowed me to interact with school counselors, both local and state, and keep current with issues important to both students and parents.
     I live in Booneville with my husband and daughters and enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and working on all sorts of home improvement projects.
What does the school counselor do?
     As school counselor, I handle many areas of registration, record keeping, scheduling, student recognition (Student of the Month program), and individual and group counseling. I interact at least once each semester with all students through classroom guidance lessons. Most often I visit during library times and usually in October and February. In October, we cover topics such as making healthy choices and peer pressure as they relate to Red Ribbon Week. In February, I introduce what the school counselor does and  various character lessons (peer relations, anger management) during School Counselor Week. I am also school test coordinator which means I organize, coordinate, train, and collect testing materials for all standardized and state testing.
     I am always available for students and welcome them the share their successes and/or difficulties any time. I want each student to enjoy coming to school to learn each day. I am a helping friend to all. If I can be of help to you please feel free to contact me. We have a great school filled with great students and faculty. Thank you for your interest in our school counseling program!
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