Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Mesha Bolton
My name is Mesha Bolton and I’m very excited to continue this next chapter at Virginia-Highland Elementary! This is my 17th year as an educator and my 8th year as an elementary school counselor. I am passionate about supporting students socially, emotionally, and academically for success in life. I began my career in education as a special education teacher. During that role, I found myself wanting to be an advocate for change. I later transitioned into school counseling and I truly believe I found my calling.
I attended Florida State University for my undergraduate studies and earned a degree in Counseling and Psychology. After relocating to Georgia, I attended The University of Georgia where I received my education specialist degree in Professional School Counseling. My personal time spent outside of school I enjoy with my family. My husband and boys are super active in sports and other activities. When I’m not “Mom Ubering”, I love attending concerts, traveling as a foodie to new places, and spending time with my friends.
What Does a School Counselor Do?
The school counselor works with students, teachers, administrators and families to help remove any barriers students may have to being successful in school. The program consists of a variety of services and activities. The school counselor works with students, teachers, administrators, and families to help remove any barriers students may have to being successful in school. The program consists of a variety of services and activities:
- Individual Counseling
- Small Group Counseling
- Classroom Guidance
- Parent Consultation
- Teacher Consultation
- Referral to Community Agencies
Each month, classes focus on a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competency and theme. Teachers select a student of the month that has best represented the SEL competency, and the selected students are celebrated at a ceremony. The SEL competencies by month are:
- August: Relationship Skills
- September: Self Awareness
- October: Social Awareness
- November: Social Awareness
- December: Responsible Decision Making
- January: Self-Management
- February: Responsible Decision Making
- March: Self-Management
- April: Self-Awareness
- May: Relationship Skills
For more information, please email Mrs. Bolton at Mesha.Bolton@atlanta.k12.ga.us