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Henderson Middle School

Dekalb County Schools


Counseling Department Mission Statement
The mission of DeKalb Counseling is to "support the development of student competencies in the academic, personal/social and career domains (learning to learn, learning to live, learning to work) ensuring that students achieve success and are prepared to be productive members of society."
Social Emotional Learning & Personal Wellness
The Henderson Middle School Counselors are currently delivering 2nd Step lessons in the classrooms.  These lessons are designed to support students with Social Emotional Learning.  The DCSD Counseling and Mentoring Department has begun the next phase of the SEL implementation with their monthly SEL Newsletter.  Please see the attached October and November Newsletters that include SEL and Personal Wellness awareness information for students, parents and staff.  
HMS School Therapist
We are happy to announce that Ms. Bria Campbell, School Therapist, has been added to our HMS Counseling Team. Ms Campbell provides a comprehensive program for children and adolescents dealing with a variety of mental health challenges through the APEX program.  If you would like to make a referral to Ms. Campbell contact your child's grade level counselor.  For more information about Ms. Campbell and the APEX Program, please click the links below to download the flyers in English or Spanish.
Helpful Tips 
For help with talking to children about COVID-19, use the links below to download documents with helpful information and website links:
Parent resources, tips, and guidelines (compiled by our counseling staff) 

 Counseling Department Staff
Head Counselor:  Mrs. Robin Topa
(678) 874-2927
  • Student Advisement 
  • AVID Representative
  • Gifted Liaison
  • 504 Chair 
  • Georgia Career Information Systems Facilitator (GCIS)
  • Sources Of Strength Liaison 
  • Honors Program Chairperson 

8th Grade Counselor: Dr. Angela Coleman 
(678) 874-2928
  • 8th Grade Advisement
  • 8th Grade 504's
  • GCIS Classroom Guidance
  • 8th Grade Honors Chair
  • 8th Grade Registration 
  • High School Registration
  • Attendance
  • STT Fernbank Representative 
7th Grade Counselor: Mrs. Jannalee Garay 
  • 7th Grade Advisement
  • 7th Grade 504's
  • 7th Grade Registration
  • Duke Tip Representative
  • GCIS Classroom Guidance
  • 7th Grade Honors Chair
  • Attendance
  • Bullying Activities Liaison 
6th Grade Counselor:  Mr. Paul L. Bell
  • 6th Grade Advisement
  • 6th Grade 504's
  • 6th Grade Registration  
  • GCIS Classroom Guidance
  • 6th Grade Honors Chair
  • Attendance
  • Red Ribbon Week Facilitator  

Counseling Secretary: Vickie Binns
  • Request for Records
  • Homework (Homework may be requested through Counseling for an excused absence of a minimum of three days. All other requests must be made through the team leader.)
  • Parent Portal Registration Assistance
  • General Counseling Information
  • Parent Conference Night Scheduling (Day Conferences are scheduled through team leaders) 
Registrar:  Tasha Holmes
  • Registration
    • Proof of Residence
    • Immunization Records
  • Parent Portal Registration
Lead Teacher for Special Education: Pamela Nelson
  • Exceptional Education and Support Services
  • Provides services for students and their parents
School Social Worker:  Christina Custer
  • Function as a link between home, school, and community by bringing people together to promote the educational success of students.
  • Intervene when there is a social, family, or economic challenge, which impacts the learning process of students.
  • Strengthen students' learning opportunities, achievements, and socio-emotional functioning by providing the following services: 
    • Assisting families in identifying community services and resources
    • Providing casework services to students who have problems adjusting to school 
    • Consulting with teachers, administrators, and parents regarding classroom behavior school policies, and procedures affecting student performance
    • Acting as mandated reporters of suspected child abuse
    • Responding to suicidal statements made by students
    • Participating in crisis intervention teams
    • Coordinating with the juvenile court to uphold the Georgia Compulsory School Attendance Law

School Psychologist: Carrine Jones

[email protected] 

  • Individual Evaluations
  • Training Programs
  • Availability for Parents and Teachers 

School Therapist:  Ms. Bria Campbell, LAPC, R-DMC

  • Provides support services to address the needs of students and families
  • Contact your grade level counselor for a referral