COUNSELING PROGRAM–The School Counseling Department of Laurel School District envisions a future where ALL students are successful in the pursuit of intellectually, socially, and emotionally fulfilling lives. Our students are leaders who are equipped with growth mindsets as well as the skills and compassion to take ownership of their individual growth and the needs within their community.

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Laurel High School

Kelvin Coleman–A-L
Franchell King–M-Z
Brian Carlisle–CTE

Laurel Middle School
Karrah Goar–8th Grade
Dr. Tamika Owens–7th Grade

Laurel Upper Elementary School
Belinda Hall

Nora Davis Elementary School
Paige Cochran
Lisa Denman

Laurel Magnet School of the Arts
Paige Cochran

Oak Park Elementary School
Dr. Yolonda Bartee

Major Clarity 
All 7th-12th grade students in Mississippi now have MDE Supported access to MajorClarity for managing career and college readiness goals, including automating Individual Success Plans (ISPs). Districts are able to opt-in to this service via a form provided by MDE.  For more information or questions please contact School Counselors in Grades 5-12. The Laurel School District earned the Power User Certificate for the 2022-2023 school year.

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Social Emotional Learning

The Mississippi K-12 SEL Standards are divided into five domains:

■ Domain 1: Self-awareness is the ability to identify one’s thoughts, values, and emotions and recognize how these shape behaviors. Self-awareness involves the assessment of one’s abilities (i.e., strengths and areas of growth) and includes the need for confidence, optimism, and knowledge of which areas can be improved.
■ Domain 2: Self-management is the ability to self-regulate emotions, thoughts, and behaviors across settings and to set and work towards personal and academic goals.
■ Domain 3: Social awareness is the ability to empathize with and relate to others, including those from diverse backgrounds. Social awareness involves understanding societal norms for behavior and contributing to community
■ Domain 4: Relationship skills include the ability to effectively communicate, cooperate, seek and provide support to others, manage conflict, and effectively handle peer pressure in order to establish and maintain positive relationships.
■ Domain 5: Decision-making skills include the ability to make constructive choices and problem-solve based on safe, ethical, and social norms while evaluating the outcomes of previous choices