Counseling Department

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WELCOME TO THE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT!

Our mission at Middle Ridge Elementary School is to meet the individual needs of all students through a preventative, comprehensive, and developmental school counseling program. With a focus on academic, personal/social, and career development, students will be empowered to achieve at their greatest potential intellectually, socially, and emotionally in all their future goals.   

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Odia Hinds
School Counselor, E.Ds.  
Hello, my name is Mrs. Hinds and I am so proud to be the school counselor for Middle Ridge Elementary School.   I received my EDs in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama and my M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of the Southwest. Prior to joining Middle Ridge Elementary School, I worked as a middle school science teacher in Rockdale County. I believe that all students can be successful by building upon their strengths.


As a member of the Counseling Department, I provide a broad range of services to facilitate learning and personal adjustment of students in school. These services include:

  • Indirect Services
    • Coordinate RTI and 504 meetings.
    • Make referrals for outside counseling or assistance.
    • Consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, professionals and community members to support student success.
  • Responsive Services
    • Individual counseling
    • Small-group counseling
    • Crisis response services
  • Core Curriculum
    • Evaluate school and student data and outcomes
    • Develop core curriculum to address desired student competencies
    • Deliver classroom lessons in cooperation with classroom teachers

I looking forward to working with all of our students and family!
Contact Information
Email: hinds.odia@newton.k12.ga.us
Phone:  770-385-6463 ext. 5316
Google Phone:
 (470) 236-3740 (for virtual learning days)

Daena Shearer
School Psychologist P.D., M.S.Ed.
Ms. Shearer, a native of Jamaica, West Indies, grew up in Bronx, NY. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from The City College of New York. After earning her Bachelor’s degree, Ms. Shearer went on to complete a Professional Diploma in the area of School Psychology from Fordham University Graduate School of Education (GSE). In addition, she simultaneously earned a Master’s of Science in Education in the area of Therapeutic Interventions from Fordham GSE.

She moved to Georgia three years ago. She has been working for Newton County Schools for the past three years. Since her arrival, she has been a member of Middle Ridge Elementary School Counseling Department.

As a member of the Counseling Department, Ms. Shearer provides a broad range of services to facilitate learning and personal adjustment of students in school. These services include:

 

  • Evaluations of students experiencing learning and/or behavior problems
  • Assisting in appropriate placement of students with special needs
  • Providing consultation for teachers and parents to help meet the individual needs of students
  • Providing crisis intervention and referrals for outside mental health or evaluation services
  • Serving as a member of the Response to Intervention Committee and Committee on Special Education
  • Providing Social-Emotional Lessons to students
  • Providing one on one and group counseling sessions to students who struggle with behavioral concerns.

Contact Information
Phone: 770-787-1330 X.1231
Email: Shearer.daena@Newton.k12.ga.us


Melissa Brown
School-Based Mental Health Clinician LPC, RPT, CAMS
Hello, my name is Melissa Brown your School-based Mental Health Clinician at Middle Ridge Elementary School. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapy, and Certified Anger Management Specialist.

As a member of the Counseling Department, I provide a broad range of services to facilitate learning and personal adjustment of students in school. These services include providing psychotherapy for students who would benefit from additional support in the areas of:

  • Behavioral and emotional challenges
  • Social problems
  • Overcoming trauma
  • Stress relief and adjustment issues
  • Family difficulties,
  • Parenting skills.

I look forward to working with you and your child!
Please contact your School Counselor for more information.

 

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