Guidance


Guidance Counselor: Jean D. Brannen

The role of the school counselor is to be a resource for students, parents, and teachers in order to maximize the child's academic, social, and emotional well-being. A variety of services are offered throughout the year. The counselor conducts classroom guidance to discuss a variety of topics to include: social skills, study skills, self-esteem, career awareness, bullying, and others. Individual or group counseling is provided as needed for varying topics. These sessions can be arranged by the child, teacher, or parent. In addition, consultation and coordination of certain services are part of the guidance program. These services can be requested by the student, teachers, parents, or by me. Students can contact me either by note or in person before school, during recess, or after school with the classroom teacher's permission. If you think your child would benefit from the counselor's services, please, contact Ms. Brannen by calling the school office at 397-1400.

About the Counselor

Ms. Brannen received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Clemson University. She earned her Master's Degree in Secondary Guidance and Counseling and then her Elementary certification from The Citadel. She has been at Central Elementary since 1988 and has served as the counselor, a first, a third, and a fourth grade teacher while at Central. Before coming to Central she taught sixth grade in North Carolina and sixth, seventh, and eighth grade, as well as serving as counselor, in two counties in the South Carolina low country. 

Ms. Brannen has one son, Rob, who is married to Allison. They have three children; Haley, Tyler, and Caleb. They are the lights of her life. She also has a Miniature Schnauzer named Anika and a cat named Kit-Kat, who think they are her children; and Maddie (grand-children's dog) thinks she is another grandchild. Ms. Brannen loves to spend time with her grandchildren, hike, read, and attend Clemson athletic events. She tries to walk at least six miles daily.

When Ms. Brannen retires, she hopes to continue her travels both here in the US and overseas. Of course, she will always continue to support her Tigers. 

Helpful Websites

You might try these websites:

On parenting:

http://www.positiveparenting.com/

http://www.parentsoup.com/

http://www.parenting.org/

http://counselors.aasdcat.com/

On various issues:

http://www.tnpc.com/parentalk/preteen.html