Counselor’s CornerMeet the Counselor - Mrs. Nicohl WebbHello and my name is Mrs. Nicohl Webb and this is my 20th year in education. I am originally from Hartford, Connecticut, but my family moved to Northern California when I was two. I previously taught middle school science for 8 years in Dekalb County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools. I received my Bachelors in Biology from Clark Atlanta University and a Masters and a Specialist in School Counseling from University of West Alabama. When I decided to pursue an advanced degree in Counseling, I knew that this was the perfect opportunity for me to meld my tireless sincere drive for knowledge and my determination to use my gifts in service to others. I am an energetic scholar which consistently takes me beyond the requirements for school. When I was completing my counseling internship, I volunteered in several counseling settings (Elementary, Middle and High) in order to have knowledge of each area and to know how to best serve my students. I just celebrated my 14th wedding anniversary and together, my husband and I have a 14 year-old son, named Ian, a 8 year-old daughter, named Kennedy, and a retriever mix - Bella.
Like most other counselors, I support several events throughout the school year such as Red Ribbon Week, Career Day, CCRPI Career Cluster Lessons, Grandparents Day, Kindness Week, monthly counseling core curriculum lessons (formerly known as classroom guidance), Character Education, student of the month luncheons, and numerous other activities. I have also implemented many programs that are now running successfully at Pate’s Creek. One of these is the Panther Pals Mentoring Program which brings together several community leaders and parents to serve as mentors to our students. Several years ago, I registered our mentoring program with a national mentoring database, www.mentoring.org, which allows prospective volunteers to search for opportunities within their zip code area and offer their services. I recently added a peer tutoring component to the mentoring program and now have fifteen 4th and 5th grade students mentoring younger students in the mornings before school. My hard efforts were rewarded when I was recognized as the 2008 – 2009 Henry County Schools Elementary Counselor of the Year.
In order to further my counseling experience, I am consistently searching for new innovative counseling ideas. I love to incorporate technology within my counseling lessons and have recently started blogging in order to share my ideas as an elementary school counselor. I have realized that one of my greatest strengths is the ability to increase students’ tolerance of frustration when they become overwhelmed and feel incapable of succeeding. Helping students realize their potential by focusing on their accomplishments and reflecting on past successes helps promote a positive self-concept. I am able to accomplish these goals through my counseling core curriculum and group lessons where I can encourage them using motivation and determination. I believe that all students deserve the right to be heard and understood. It is my responsibility to help your child overcome his or her challenges by using personal strengths, and problem solving skills. When students leave my office they will have a greater sense of self worth and acceptance.