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    Mrs. Cindi Dotson, School Counselor
    cindi.dotson@hart.k12.ga.us 
    (click link above to email Mrs. Dotson)

     My name is Cindi Dotson and I am extremely excited to be North Hart’s school counselor. It’s an opportunity I am grateful to have since I now to get a serve a close-knit community as it grows and thrives. It is my mission to empower the children of North Hart to reach their full potential by becoming advocates, engaged learners, and leaders in their school and community. I also want them to feel supported by teachers, administrators, family, and community members to ensure each student has an equitable chance to be successful. It’s exciting to think about the positive impact these kids will have on the world and it’s my greatest pleasure to help them work towards that in this formative time of their lives.

    Although I am new to the field of education, I have had the pleasure of working with children for the last four years. I began my career as an assistant teacher in a daycare but had the amazing opportunity to work in the mental health field with children. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs! I recently completed my Master’s degree in School Counseling from Georgia State University. In the next few years, I hope to become a Registered Play Therapist so I can better serve children by allowing them to use their voice through play.

    This year is going to be a challenging one for all of us for several reasons, but I am so grateful for the chance to work with the families of North Hart. Every child is unique and has so many qualities that make them the amazing individual they are, and I can’t wait to explore those qualities. I look forward to all the smiles, tears, and laughter I’ll experience with these wonderful kiddos this year.

    If you need any assistance this school year, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to getting to know you and work with you.

     

    Counseling Program Information
    The North Hart Elementary School Counseling program is designed for all students. The counselor provides well-planned developmental guidance activities to help all children learn skills needed to face the challenges of school and everyday life.

    School Counseling programs promote and enhance student learning in three broad content areas. The first area is academic development, which includes activities to support and maximize student achievement. The second area is career development, which introduces skills and knowledge that enable students to make a successful transition from school to work. The third area is personal/social development, which promotes personal and social growth as students’ progress through school and into adulthood.

    The school counselor performs a variety of duties and facilitates many activities for the school. These include and are not limited to the following:

    • Individual counseling with students as needed. This service provides students with a safe and private environment to talk about any issues that may be affecting them, while building a trusting relationship where they can express their feelings confidentially.
    • Group counseling with small groups of children who have similar concerns in a setting where they can learn from each other and share ideas.
    • Classroom guidance lessons for all grades which cover a variety of topics including making friends, personal safety, academic support, career awareness, problem solving, self-esteem, bullying, and other preventative lessons.
    • Supporting teachers with any needs they have with students.
    • Coordinating referrals to school system services and community agencies.
    • Providing resource information to parents.
    • Assisting with school attendance incentive activities.
    • Promoting a “Bully Free” school and other school-wide behavior and preventative initiatives.