School Guidance Counselor- Sharen Burt   
Phone: (850) 833-4360

Counselor's Corner Newsletter Fall Edition

Destin Elementary School strives to provide a comprehensive guidance program

  • Academic support, including organizational, study, and test-taking skills, goal setting, and decision-making

  • Bullying prevention and awareness

  • Career awareness, exploration, and planning

  • Character Education

  • Communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution

  • Education on understanding self and others, including peer relationships, coping strategies, and effective social skills

  • Multicultural/diversity awareness

Online Learning and Social-Emotional Supports

Guidance Responsive Services

  •  Conflict resolution

  •  Consultation/collaboration with administration, faculty and parents

  •  Individual/family/school crisis intervention

  •  Individual and small-group counseling

  •  Referrals to other school and community resources

 About School Counselors

  • Serves as a resource to students, staff, and families in the school community.

  • Meets with students individually, in small groups, and for whole class lessons.

  • Acts as a key member of the Response to Intervention Team (RTI, MTSS).

  • Provides assistance in crisis situations.

  • Helps coordinate testing.

  • Supports students in three domains of school counseling: (1) Personal/social, (2) Academic, and (3) Career development.

Individual Counseling

There are many ways that students can come and see me!  Students can request to see me on their own. The request can also be made by the student’s teacher or parents.

Individual counseling can allow students to understand themselves better, develop decision-making and conflict resolution skills, cope with family changes, work on anger/stress management techniques, and practice problem-solving strategies.

Examples of when students might come to see the school counselor are:

  •  I have been getting into a lot of fights with my best friend, and I don’t know what to do.

  • I have been worrying a lot lately.

  • Some of the people I’m friends with don’t seem to get along together.

  • My parents might be getting a divorce, and I’m scared about what might happen.

  • We are about to have a new baby in our family, and I’m not sure I’m happy about it.

  • My parents are in the Military and we just moved to Destin.

  • My grandfather is really sick, and I am afraid of what might happen.

  • My dog just died, and I really miss him.

Developmental Guidance Topics

Social Skills:

  • Building friendships

  • Sportsmanship

  • Problem-Solving

  • Cooperation

  • I-Messages


  • Coping Strategies

  • Managing Stress/Anger

  • Identification of feelings

  • Interpreting feelings through verbal and non-verbal cues

 Study/Test-taking Skills:

  • Learning Styles/Multiple Intelligence

  • Organization skills

  • Time management

  • Test anxiety

 Family Changes:

  • Divorce/separation

  • Grief/Loss

  • Deployment

  • Moving

  • Illness

  • New siblings

District Policy on Bullying

 Code of Conduct for Elementary Schools

Helpful Links



Parent Links



MTSS - Multi-Tiered System of Support