The Marietta Middle School Counseling Program has been recognized as a model program by the American School Counseling Association (RAMP). Marietta Middle School Counselors are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-informed school counseling program that addresses the academic, social/emotional, and career development of our students.
Our counseling team utilizes a variety of methods and strategies for assisting students; this may include opportunities for students to be seen individually for short-term counseling, in a small, goal-focused group, and in the classroom/large group setting. In each setting, students will have the opportunity to learn life skills that enhance their ability to succeed academically and socially. Our school counselors also provide community resources and referral information to assist caregivers in meeting children’s needs.
MMS Counseling Department has four counselors. Students are assigned to each counselor by teams. You may reach the counselors by email or calling (770) 422-0311.
Meet the Counselors
Counseling Staff Contact Information
Our counseling staff can be reached by email at:
- Lizzy Wingate, School Counselor: email@example.com
- Lana Haffner, School Counselor: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Margarita Poche, School Counselor: MPoche@marietta-city.k12.ga.us
- Ricki Wheeler, School Counselor: RWheeler@marietta-city.k12.ga.us
- Sheila Hypsher, Registrar: SHypsher@marietta-city.k12.ga.us
- Kristin Lopez, Secretary: KLopez@marietta-city.k12.ga.us (MMS contact for records requests)
Reach our office by phone at (770) 422-0311, ext. 5620.
Our Role at MMS
MMS counselors look forward to collaborating with you to help your child succeed. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor. Services may be requested by students, parents, or staff. You can request a meeting with your child's school counselor via e-mail or phone call.
The Marietta Middle School Counseling Program is based on the following fundamental beliefs:
- All students can learn and achieve academic success.
- All students have the potential to become productive and contributing citizens.
- All students should be treated with dignity and respect.
- All students deserve a safe and caring environment in which to learn and thrive.
- All students should have access to school counseling program supports that meet their individual needs.
- Embracing the diversity of our students will strengthen our school community.
- By recognizing and appreciating the cultures and traditions of others as well as our own, students will grow in empathy and understanding.
- Educators have an essential role in providing the foundation for student growth.
- Encouraging student creativity and innovation in and out of the classroom will foster enthusiasm and love of learning.
- It is crucial for school counselors to use data-driven interventions and supports that will nurture students' personal and interpersonal growth development.
The mission of the Marietta Middle School's Comprehensive School Counseling Program is: in partnership with our students, families, educators, and community to create a sustainable, safe, and caring learning environment that supports the diversity and social/emotional wellbeing of our students; and within our unique International Baccalaureate Middle Years program context, our counseling program responds to our student's needs as they acquire the skills and knowledge critical to achieve the academic, social/emotional, and career success necessary to become productive global citizens.
Marietta Middle School graduates are inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring adults who reach their fullest potential as lifelong learners, responsible and productive citizens in an ever-changing global community, and who help create a better and more peaceful world through interpersonal and intercultural understanding and respect.
Ways to get help for yourself or others when in a crisis situation:
- Georgia Crisis and Access Line: A free 24/7 Helpline providing mental health crisis assistance and access to mental health resources throughout the state of GA. Call 1-800-715-4225 or 988, or download the myGCAL app.
- 911: Call for emergencies in which law enforcement may be needed. Ask for a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer by calling 9-1-1.
- Crisis Text Line: A free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis to reach a trained counselor. Youth and teens are especially welcome. Text “GA” to 741-741.
- 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. Chat with someone 24/7 at 988lifeline.org or call/text 9-8-8.