Lower School Counseling

The St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School Counseling Department plays a vital role in providing a safe, nurturing environment for our students. Together Lower School counselors Martha Burke and Becki Slattery work to enhance the academic and social experience of every student. The counselors collaborate with teachers, parents, students, and administrators in order to maximize students’ academic success as well as develop students’ personal and social skills needed for healthy relationships and interactions.

Below is an overview of the many services offered for all students and families by the Lower School Counseling team.

The counselors are part of the school’s admissions team, responsible for coordinating/administering and interpreting assessments of children entering PK through 5th grade. They also work with admissions to set half-day visits with student guides for prospective students.

Standardized Testing
The Lower School counselors will oversee all lower school standardized testing and provide assistance to the faculty and administration in interpreting results.

Teaming for Academic Success
The counselors consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, and administrators in order to enhance academic success of students under their care. They assist in transition from grade to grade by communicating learning characteristics and strategies that have successfully addressed student needs in previous years. Mrs. Ganz and Mrs. Slattery attend many of our parent-teacher conferences, and consult with individual students to set academic goals and plans.

Academic Planning
The counselors work with the students in goal setting/decision-making and help them develop self-knowledge through understanding of learning styles, strengths and weaknesses. Students are taught to self-advocate with their teachers based on understanding of what they need for academic success.

Responsive Services
The counselors respond to needs of individual students as well as small groups or classes based on requests from the students themselves or from teachers, parents, and/or administrators. Sessions with students may center around interpersonal stressors or academics. When needed, the counselors also provide assistance with referrals to outside agencies and coordinate communication among home, school and outside support personnel.

Guidance Curriculum/Peaceable Schools
The counselors oversee our Peaceable School program. Guidance classes taught in grades 1-6 and during Advisory in Junior High focus on conflict resolution, respect and kindness, mediation, resiliency, honor code, stress management, self-esteem, anger control, drug and alcohol education, and personal safety. Interpersonal skills are an integral part of the early childhood curriculum. The counselors’ role in ECC is to meet with individual children at teachers’ request and to collaborate with the teachers, parents and outside professionals to maximize the academic experience for children of varying readiness levels.

Meet the Counselors

Mrs. Martha Burke
St. Agnes Lower School Counselor
Martha received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Southern Methodist University and her Master of Education in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University. She has six years of experience as a school counselor, teacher, softball and basketball coach and college advisor. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a member of the American School Counseling Association. Contact Martha @ 435-5806 or mburke@saa-sds.org

Mrs. Becki Slattery
St. Dominic Lower School Counselor
Prior to joining the counseling department, Mrs. Slattery enjoyed five years as a SDS 6th grade homeroom teacher, teaching 5th & 6th grade math, social studies and religion. She also taught SDS 1st grade religion. Mrs. Slattery holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Louisiana State University in Speech Pathology and has an additional 45 hours of Master’s level education from the University of Memphis in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership and Counseling. Mrs. Slattery is the mother of Kate, a Class of 2003 St. Agnes graduate. Contact Becki @ 435-5823 or bslattery@saa-sds.org

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St. Dominic School

4830 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38117

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