The Shuford Elementary Counseling Program shall provide a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program addressing the academic, career, and personal-social development of all students. By collaborating with staff, families, and community members, the school counselor designs and facilitates a program which promotes successful learning, effective problem solving, responsible citizenship, and prepares students to transition to middle school. Through advocacy and fostering a safe and inclusive school climate, the school counselor ensures that all students have equity and access to a challenging curriculum, needed resources, and support to help them Find Their Greatness!
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Individual Counseling: Referrals for any counseling service can be made by a teacher or other school staff, parents, or the student. Individual and small group counseling are short-term, voluntary, and confidential. Parental permission is obtained prior to any group counseling experience and prior to any extended individual counseling.
Small Group Counseling: Small group will be offered throughout the year based upon the needs of individual students. Groups may focus on, but are not limited to, such issues as family changes, grief, self-esteem, anger management, study skills, and friendships. Your suggestions of group topics which may be helpful to your child are always appreciated.
Classroom Guidance: Throughout the year, students will participate in classroom guidance lessons, which will occur every 2 weeks, for approximately 3 minutes. Guidance lessons are based on monthly character traits.
Consultation with Parents/Staff: The school counselor provides information and assistance in order to support parents and teachers with the academic, social, and career development of students.
Coordination and Referral Services: The school counselor works closely with the social worker and community agencies to provide support service information and referral services for students and their families.
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Meet Your Counselor
Mrs. Sharon Borst is the full time school counselor at Shuford Elementary School. Before coming to Shuford Elementary School, she was at Iredell Statesville schools for seven years most recently as a Behavioral Specialist. Mrs. Borst holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA and a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. Before going into School Counseling, Mrs. Borst worked in a variety of finance and business positions. She lives in the Sherrills Ford area with her husband of 21 years, two sons and four pets. She is excited to be working with elementary school students and their families.