Our Counselors

Clay Middle School
Guidance Department
Our Counselors

"No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship."
-Dr. James Comer-

Tracy Bembenek
Guidance Administrative Assistant
844-7251 ext. 6724

Erin Naas
Counselor
All 6th Grade
7th Grade Teams 7-2 & 7-3
844-7251 ext. 6726
All About Mrs. Naas
 

Lisa Bellamy
Student Services Coordinator
All 6th Grade
7th Grade Teams 7-2 & 7-3
844-7251 ext. 6727

 

Michelle Janson
Counselor
All 8th Grade 
7th Grade Team 7-1
844-7251 ext. 6884

Gina Potter
Student Services Coordinator
All 8th Grade 
7th Grade Team 7-1
844-7251 ext. 6729
All About Mrs. Potter

Counselors and Student Services Coordinators work cooperatively with students on their shared caseloads.  Although primary roles have been outlined below, involvement with students on an academic and social/emotional level will overlap.

Counselor:  Counselors provide programming focusing on class placement, academic, career, and social/emotional needs.  Examples of primary responsibilities include standardized testing, transitions from elementary and to high school, career presentations and student meetings.

Student Services Coordinator:  Student services coordinators are licensed social workers who work to address issues relevant to our middle school population through one-on-one, small group or school wide sessions with students. They assist teachers and administrators in addressing behavioral or attitude issues by communicating with students to find the causes of their distress.  Areas of focus include school attendance, social/emotional support, bullying and harassment presentations, and assistance with the adjustment to the social setting of the school.  Student services coordinators serve as a contact regarding free and reduced lunch and assistance to families with financial need.  When appropriate or necessary, school social workers might provide information for outside support services or agencies to help students and families deal with economic, emotional or physical challenges. 

*Parents and students are welcome to contact either the counselor and/or student services coordinator with concerns at any time.  We will work cooperatively to follow-up with any and all concerns.  We look forward to developing a relationship with our students and families!