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About Us

Welcome to the School Counseling webpage. My name is Jennie Noah, the School Counselor at Spring Garden Elementary School. This page will provide you with a brief overview of the types of counseling and guidance services offered by Carroll County Public Schools. These services may be divided into several categories which are described below. If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please feel free to call me at (410) 751-3433 or email at



Carroll County Public School Counselors facilitate the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. School Counselors are integral members of the instructional team. They directly impact student achievement by delivering comprehensive services that meet the needs of the 21st century school community.


Professional School Counselors are uniquely trained leaders who promote success for all students. They collaborate with school stakeholders using data-driven decisions to facilitate the success of the 21st century learner in an ever-changing society. As a result the student will:

  • Achieve to his/her maximum potential
  • Demonstrate academic, career and personal/social problem-solving skills
  • Recognize and appreciate individual and cultural differences
  • Develop communication, citizenship and employability skills to make positive contributions to the community
  • Access human and technological resources for support and information

What is a School Counselor?

A School Counselor is a certified, trained, and caring professional who is available to work with all students, parents, teachers and staff in order to help students achieve academic and social success. The School Counseling program is delivered through the following four services:

Classroom Guidance Lessons- developmentally appropriate classroom lessons that correspond to the needs of the K-5 population. Lessons encompass academic, career, and/or personal/social goals. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include, study skills, personal strengths, decision -making, social skills, conflict resolution, career awareness, and handling emotions.

Individual Student Planning- assisting students with goal formation and planning.

Responsive Services- meeting the immediate student needs through individual or group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation with teachers, staff, parents and/or professionals, providing referral information. Individual counseling is available on a short term basis and differs from ongoing therapy. Group counseling is a process where students sharing similar issues and concerns work together for 6-8 sessions. Topics for both individual and group counseling sessions are based on the needs of the students and may include, family changes, grief, friendship and social skills, stress management, and self-esteem.

System Support- school-wide program planning and implementation (Character Development, Teaming Meetings, coordination of supports, etc).

Resources used to help students include:

  • Art materials
  • Therapeutic games
  • Role plays
  • Play media- such as toys, puppets, doll house, puzzles
  • Bibliocounseling (books)
  • Videos