404-334-4790 ext. 2864
Office hours: M-F, 8 – 4 pm
Welcome parents, teachers, and students! My goal is to assist you and your student in any way I can. Let's make this a great year at GCA! I provide a comprehensive school counseling program which includes; classroom guidance, small group, and individual counseling.
I am so excited to work with K–5 students this year! My passion is helping people. I love helping students develop a strong emotional, social, and academic foundation in elementary school. I received my Masters of Divinity from Emory University and my Ed.S. in School Counseling at Argosy University. This is my 17th year as an educator and my 11th year as an elementary counselor. In addition to being a school counselor, I am also a licensed mental health therapist (LPC) and National Certified Counselor. I am a mom of 2 little ones and a wife of a traveling husband! In my free time, I like to watch movies, laugh, read books and spend time with family. I am excited to work with students, staff and parents, this school year!
Character Education/Classroom Guidance Assemblies
These assemblies are based on a mixture of the Core Essentials program and Mrs. Edgecombe’s created guidance lessons that address student’s academic, personal/social development, and career development. Core Essentials focuses on a monthly value word which teaches students to: treat others right, make smart decisions, and maximize their potential. Dates for classroom guidance will be in the elementary school’s newsletter. Please make sure your child attends.
Child Abuse Prevention Program
The GCA Counseling department cares about your child’s safety and will be teaching children about personal safety via a program by the Monique Burr Foundation whose mission is to educate and protect children and teens from all types of bullying, abuse, and victimization with our evidence-based prevention programs. MBF Child Safety Matters® is a comprehensive, curriculum for elementary school students in grades K-5. The program educates and empowers children and all relevant adults with information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, all types of abuse, digital abuse, and other digital dangers abuse curriculum (Specific dates TBA)
Family Nights ‘Under the Stars’
Press pause on the business of life, find a cozy spot to snuggle up as a family, and join me online for a night under the stars as I partner with you to inspire and grow a love of reading in the hearts and minds of our students! Whether a delightful classic or a captivating adventure, I’ll be reading an endearing book and sharing some family tips for learning and life. Join me!
More School-Wide Activities
Red Ribbon Week—October 22–26
Bullying Prevention Month—October
Fire Prevention- October
The Kindness Challenge—February 11-15
5th Grade starts Middle School Transition – February
Career Day- March
Stay tuned for more information about these activities!
Individual and group counseling sessions are offered as needed. Grief/loss, family changes, and self-esteem are a few of the reasons that students might need to talk with the counselor. Please email or call Mrs. Edgecombe to refer a student for counseling.
Academic Based Small Groups
This school year, the GCA Counseling Department will use data to select students that might benefit most from additional support and encouragement as they strive toward their highest potential academically. If your child is invited to participate, they will receive lessons some weeks, and other weeks a personal phone call from the counselor to ensure they feel successful, supported, and motivated as they grow in becoming a lifelong learner.
GCA’s Elementary School Counseling Program will focus on supporting students in the areas of academic, social-emotional, and career education. Goal is to empower students with confidence, self-awareness, good relationships, and the social skills to be successful in every area of life. Elementary School Counseling program will provide early intervention, prevention, and support initiatives.
GCA’s Elementary School Counseling Program will work with other school supports to provide preventive K-12 school wide initiatives such as the Red Ribbon Campaign, Anti-Bullying, Great Kindness Challenge, and Career Day. Activities will engage students to promote healthy decisions and personal- emotional growth opportunities.
Core Essentials Character Education Program:
Core Essentials character education program will involve the entire school community including students, teachers, and families. Values set the stage for a common language to be used across the entire school community. Each month, videos, activities and lessons will center on a value word and its accompanying definition (or application). Values will reinforce three big ideas: how to treat others right, make smart decisions, and maximize their potential.
Whole Group Classroom Guidance:
Classroom Guidance lessons will be provided to students in grades K-5 and will cover self-esteem topics, career education, and Growth Mindset lessons and activities. Sessions will be held in class connect and be provided on a rotation schedule. Sessions will promote personal and social-emotional growth, career exploration, and teach a growth mindset to students. Students will understand that they can get smarter through hard work, good strategies, and an “I Can” attitude.