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Nelsen Middle School Counseling Team

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive developmental school counseling program and work collaboratively to meet the social, emotional, academic needs of all students while promoting personal growth, self-advocacy, and college and career readiness.

Counselors connect with students to support their academic, social, and emotional needs. Our goal is to support students to reach their full potential and guide them through various times in their life when feelings can become overwhelming. We want our students to become success in all areas of their lives.

Counselors are assigned by student last name.

Tiffany Smith
I become a counselor because I felt like when I was in high school I did not get the support and assistance that I needed and deserved. Sometimes you decide to work in a field that you believe have deficiencies that you can help bridge the gaps. I love advocating for students and making sure that they get everything they need to be successful.
I love to travel. I have been to Spain, Germany and England.
I am originally from Ghana and a U.S. Army Veteran, and I am most excited and honored to be part of such a noble team at Nelsen Middle School, RSD. It has been a blessing supporting students and guiding them to navigate through life to become independent and responsible citizens. I love and have passion supporting students to be emotionally and mentally stable, social oriented and accepted, resilient, physically developed, and ensure equitable and rigorous education for all. Some people’s dream was shouted down due to lack of support and encouragement from their school age years (especially, elementary through High school), and their voice were never heard. Therefore, I decided to become a school counselor to advocate and empower students, and above all ensure that their voices are been heard and respected. Middle school is a time of enormous socioemotional and educational growth, and I am here to support them to be overall successful and be ready for high school, college, and career. Thank you and I am glad to be working with you all. 
Counselor Brenia
I became a school counselor because I believe these are important years for students to develop a sense of self and individuality. I believe that having conversations about our social and emotional needs during these years will support our youth in developing supportive, healthy, and impactful relation-ships leading into their adult-hood. I also love to just hear their voices and point of view on issues that are showing up during these transitional times, not to mention they keep me young. 
My family and I enjoy anything sports. My children participate in basketball, soccer, and cheer which keeps me plenty busy. We enjoy spending time watching movies together and doing arts and crafts.