Guiding to Greatness: FCS salutes counselors during National School Counseling Week

Frayser Community Schools’ counselors play an important role in helping students become legendary.

FCS counselors guide students through their time in school and prepare them for the real world by imparting problem-solving skills and helping students learn their abilities, strengths, interests and talents.

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, focuses on how counselors contribute to school systems and how students are different as a result of school counselors’ work.

FCS has four outstanding counselors who are at Humes Middle School, Martin Luther King College Preparatory High School and Westside Middle School.

Jocelyn Love-Jackson is FCS’ newest counselor who started in November 2021 at MLK Prep.

Love-Jackson chose to be a counselor because she wanted students to know that every path is different and to remind them to take ownership of their destiny because there is always more than one way to accomplish a task.

However, she wants them to always understand that with every decision, there is also a consequence that can be either positive or negative.

Love-Jackson’s favorite thing about counseling students is knowing that she helped a student to change his or her thought process and understand that they control their own destiny.

“It’s even more satisfying after they graduate and come back to say thank you and I made a difference in their life.”

Christin Covington is a first-year counselor with a passion for helping MLK Prep students in meaningful ways.

Covington said she choose to be a counselor because she wanted to give back to her community.

“When I was a senior in high school I was a guidance counselor assistant and it was so rewarding,” Covington explained. “My counselors sowed greatly into me being that I had a lot of challenges as a high school student. Their love and support made a huge difference in my life.”

Covington is now showing that same support to her students by helping them overcome developmental, personal, and social problems.

The ability to have a direct impact on student’s lives and to guide them in the right direction is what motivates Covington.

“The most valuable aspect of being a school counselor is being blessed with the opportunity to just be there for the students and to listen,” Covington said. “I know that sounds simple but it’s beyond powerful for students to be heard, loved, and feel valued.”

Anthony Paige has a history of working in mental health. For 8 years, Paige worked with young people at a mental health facility.

While he worked at the facility, Paige took notice of the retention rate and decided it was time to make more positive changes.

“I wanted to make more of an impact, so I decided to be a part of prevention as opposed to intervention. This is what made me pursue counseling in the school setting.”

Since his change, Paige has been a fixture at Humes for the last five years.

His favorite thing about working with students is the ability to make an impact and provide students with alternative perspectives for handling life situations in the school setting and beyond.

Vonkueshia Lee loves working with the Westside Wildcats! She’s been working in the Frayser community since 2010.

Before becoming a school counselor, Lee worked as a clinical therapist for almost 8 years.

“Growing up in an area where mental health was pushed under the rug and to see so many people close to me struggle, I knew I wanted to make a difference, whether it was in a clinical or school setting,” Lee said.

For Lee, knowing she is making a difference is a reward of its own.

“It is rewarding to be able to offer my students the opportunity to express themselves openly in a safe environment,” Lee explained. “I enjoy getting to know the students and building positive relationships not only with them but with their families as well.”

Thank you counselors for always striving to help our students reach greatness!