RSE Counselor's Corner

RSE School Counseling
Ms. Olivia Witt, [email protected] (K-1st)
Mrs. Hannah Thompson [email protected] (2nd & 4th)
Mrs. Haley Dye, [email protected] (3rd & 5th)


The mission of the RSE comprehensive school counseling program is to provide all students with a caring environment. RSE counselors, through dedication and commitment, will assess the needs of students, teachers and community to provide high quality social emotional support and remove barriers to success.


Our vision at RSE is that all students will advance through higher education with competent academic, social-emotional, and career readiness skills to maximize their potential as unique members of the community.


•     Every student has the ability to learn and succeed.
•     Every student deserves to feel like a valued member of the school community.
•     Every student deserves equitable access to high-quality education.
•     Collaborate with students, families, faculty and community partners to meet student needs
•     Data driven programs ensure students' needs are appropriately met
Want to refer your student for school counseling?
Email a counselor above and let us know!
Looking for a community counselor?
Connect with our CareSolace team to gain support connecting to a mental health or substance abuse provider in the area. You can also request for your student's school counselor to make a referral on your behalf. 
                                                                                                                                                                          What is a school counselor? A school counselor is a master's level certified, trained, and caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff, and the community, in order for every student to achieve academic and social success.
How are school counseling services delivered at RSE? 
  • Classroom Counseling Curriculum- teaching classroom lessons to all students on topics such as social/emotional, academic, and career needs.
  • Individual Student Planning- assisting students with goal formation/planning (behavioral, academic, etc.)
  • Responsive Services- meeting immediate student needs: counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, referral, and peer mediation.
  • System Support- consulting with other professionals, coordination of various supports for students and families.
How does your child experience school counseling services?
  • Individual Counseling - We provide a safe and confidential environment for students to discuss many topics regarding their social/emotional needs, career goals as well as academic success. Some topics that we may discuss include friendship issues, stress, time management, goal-setting, academic planning, bullying, family changes, social skills, organization, career exploration, and development of problem-solving skills.
  • Small-Group Counseling- A process where students sharing similar issues or concerns work together in a small group environment consisting of about 4-8 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include: divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress management.
  • Classroom Counseling lessons- We develop and implement a K-5 classroom curriculum driven by national and county school counseling outcomes.  We often co-plan and co-teach lessons with other professionals in the building to support social and emotional growth across curricular areas.  Classroom lessons are a part of the related arts rotation and address social/emotional, academic, and career-related needs at the child's developmental level. 
  • Academic Interventions - We provide many academic interventions to enhance student success. We work individually with students on their time management skills, study skills, and organization. We occasionally conduct classroom observations or complete weekly assessments of students' academic progress. We work with teachers to provide supplementary interventions unique to each student's specific needs, in order to ensure that every student will excel to their highest academic potential. 
Child Protection Units

Tennessee is one of several states to enact a law, collectively known as Erin’s Law, requiring public schools to provide age-appropriate child sexual abuse education for children in school.


To comply, Rutherford County Schools has adopted a preventative curriculum for our elementary schools called the Second Step Child Protection Unit. This program helps our schools be safe and supportive places where everyone can learn.


The four key concepts covered in the curriculum are (1) Ways to Stay Safe, (2) The “Always Ask First” Rule, (3) Safe and Unsafe Touches, and (4) The Touching Rules. These concepts are covered in all grades K-5, but the lessons for each grade level are developmentally appropriate, which is why this particular curriculum was chosen.


Your children will receive materials to review what they are learning and to give them additional opportunities to practice the concepts at home.


Parents can view the curriculum online by going to and logging in and creating an account. Enter your grade-level activation key listed below to view program resources. If you have any questions about the Child Protection Unit or the Second Step program, please contact your school counselor.


Thank you for helping us to make our schools a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.



Grade Level Activation Keys:


CPUKFAMILYGK - Kindergarten

CPU1FAMILYG1 – 1st grade

CPU2FAMILYG2 – 2nd grade

CPU3FAMILYG3 – 3rd grade

CPU4FAMILYG4 – 4th grade

CPU5FAMILYG5 – 5th grade