TMS Counseling CenterName: Ms. AndersonRoom: TMS OfficePosition: School Counselor
This school year starts my 10th year as a school counselor and will be my third year as the school counselor at Tumwater Middle School; I am so excited to be in the Tumwater School District! I graduated from Washington State University in 2002 with a degree in Communications, Public Relations. I worked in the Admissions office at Saint Martin's University for a few years while also working on obtaining my Master's in Education degree and Guidance and Counseling certification. Before coming to TMS, I worked at Centralia Middle School as their school counselor. My passion has really developed at the middle school level; these years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. I believe that my professional experience, my academic preparation, my passion for education, and my heartfelt desire to help children will create an environment in which all students will feel they can achieve anything they set out to do. My goal every day is to make a positive impact. I am excited for the opportunity to make that impact at Tumwater Middle School.Years at TMS: 2Phone Number: 360-709-7503 (Counseling Center receptionist)Name: Mrs. Justine HerbertRoom: TMS OfficePosition: School CounselorEducation/Counseling Background:
This will be my first year at TMS! Last year, I was a maternity leave substitute for the school counselor at Michael T. Simmons. I had the fortune to get to know the MTS students, staff and families. I received my undergraduate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles CA., in fine arts. I worked as interior designer and an artist (oil painter). During that time, I also traveled all over the world, filling my life with experience about people and different cultures. I have always related to children and found myself volunteering in schools or working at summer camps. I decided to get my masters in counseling psychology at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. with a focus on children and family. During my time as a therapist, I enjoyed working with the youth, their families and helping with their mental health needs, Again, I was drawn to the schools. I would often leave my office and go to my clients schools to get a better picture of their lives. I fell in love with the energy, teamwork and learning environment of the schools I visited.
Not long after that, I had my two kiddos and was a stay-at-home mom for several years. When my children started school at MTS I volunteering regularly. A couple of years ago I decided to go back to graduate school and become a school counselor. I completed my ESA certification in 2016 from Saint Martin’s University. I am thrilled to be working at Tumwater Middle School.My goal is to is to be a positive conduit for all students to reach their full potential academically in school, to provide skills to be confident social/ emotionally and to ready students for college and career. My hope is I provide a space for students and families to feel safe, supported and appreciated in our counseling department. I look forward to this upcoming year. GO FIRE WOLVES!!!Years at TMS: O (First year)Phone Number: 360-709-7503 (Counseling Center receptionist)Name: Mrs. Sally RiddleRoom: TMS Counseling CenterPosition: RegistrarYears at TMS: 16 yearsPhone Number: 360-709-7503See me to register or withdraw your student and when you need to update any of your information such as address, phone numbers, contacts, or your email address. I will assist you with setting up your Skyward Family Access and walk you through the login process. When you call the Counseling Center, I will be your first contact and I will do my best to connect you with Mrs. Herbert or Ms. Anderson. When they are with a student or out of the office, please leave them a detailed voicemail and a phone number where you can be reached and they will respond to your call as quickly as possible. Some of the other things we can provide you with in the Counseling Center are District Calendars, Free and Reduced Application Forms, and application forms from classes such as Leadership, Yearbook, and Teacher Assistant. We also have information about college planning and family oriented programs/classes in the Tumwater District. We want your Counseling Center visit to be a comfortable and good one and we strive to answer your questions and help you in a timely manner. Stop by and visit us soon.Comprehensive School Guidance and Counseling ProgramThe Tumwater Middle School Comprehensive School Guidance and Counseling Program provides all students support for academic growth, career planning, and personal/social development. Families and students are encouraged throughout the year to contact the school counselor to address any areas of concern. The school counselor utilizes multiple formats to provide support, outreach, prevention/intervention services and guidance curriculum to all students.
Individual planning for academic, career or personal/social needs is available all year to all students. Students may seek academic advising or support for personal/social concerns by completing a ‘School Counselor Request Form’ or by teacher/parent referral. Students are informed at the beginning of the year and reminded at the semester of the request form and the confidentiality statement (see below). Multiple referrals or unresolved issues may result in parent/guardian contact, consultation and/or referral for additional services.
School Guidance Curriculum
In collaboration with all TSD secondary schools, a program for career development and future planning is under development. Through this program students will start their High School and Beyond Plan in 8thgrade, mapping out their high school course work as it aligns with graduation requirements and career/personal interests. This plan will stay with the student throughout high school and is a fluid, ever-changing document.
Information students share with the school counselor is confidential. The student’s right to privacy is guarded as much as permitted by law, ethics and school rules. The school counselor is obligated to break confidentiality when there is a potential harm to the student or others, concern of neglect or abuse, or a court of law that requires testimony or student records. The school counselor often consults with other school professionals, but only shares information necessary to achieving the goals of the consultation.