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Guidance Counselors:

Paula Newman |
Caroline Richardson |
Phone: 256-428-7150

The HCS Counseling Department has provided a variety of helpful quarantine and support resources on the HCS Counseling Department page under Resources for Parents During Quarantine. 

Guidance is for everyone!

Every student of Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary will participate in the guidance program.  The Alabama Department of Education requires that students receive the guidance curriculum. The three main components taught in the guidance curriculum are career development, academic skills, and personal/ social skills.  

Counselors care about your student.  Counselors will take the time to listen to your child and help them with their concerns.  All students will attend a Guidance class bi-weekly and students will be able to access the counselor during the school day. Counselors have the same goal as the classroom teacher and parents.  We need to support each other to help your child become college and career ready.

How can the school counselor help?

  • Work collaboratively with students, parents, and teachers to identify and remove barriers to learning.
  • Helping students to recognize and make the best of their abilities.
  • Supporting students by teaching skills for achieving success.
  • Developing and delivering classroom guidance lessons that teach life skills such as decision making, resolving conflicts, and respect.
  • Teach students about the world of work and career options.
  • Counseling students individually and in small groups as needed.
  • Communicate and link parents to information and resources to help meet the needs of the family. 

How do I reach the school counselor?

Parents may contact the counselor by calling the school, (256) 428-7150, or by email, or, to set up a conference or visit to the school. Students are referred for counseling by teachers, administrators, and parents.