Mrs. Anna Blankenship
Hey there! My name is Anna Blankenship, and I am the school counselor here at LCPS. I am thrilled to be a part of our students’ support team! This is my 5th year working in education. The majority of my career has been in the classroom teaching primary-age students. I chose to pursue my degree in school counseling to further support the needs of students. It is a joy to work with the students of LCPS each day, and I am thankful you share your precious children with us! My counseling philosophy is to lead with love as I support your children in various ways through the counseling office. Please know that I am always just a phone call or email away if I can assist you and your student in any way.
A few things about me:
My Family: I have been married to my husband, Austin Blankenship, for almost five years. We have two wild little boys, Hayes (3) and Henry (1.5), who keep us busy and entertained! We also have a mischievous labrador retriever named Gracie who keeps us on our toes.
Education: I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Science. I received my Master’s of Education in School Counseling from Albany State University.
Hobbies: I enjoy reading, spending time outside, baking, and chasing my two little boys around!
My Childhood Dreams: I wanted to be a veterinarian and have lots of animals!
School Counselor’s Role (per American School Counselor’s Association)
To help all students
- Apply academic achievement strategies
- Manage emotions and apply interpersonal skills
- Plan for post secondary options (higher education and work force)
- With goal planning
- With school counseling guidance lessons based on student success standards
- With short-term small group counseling lessons as needed and based on referrals
- By collaborating with families, teachers, administrators, and the community for student success
- By reviewing and analyzing data to identify student issues, needs, and challenges
All students at LCPS are provided counseling services through the following:
At LCPS, our counseling program is prevention focused. We utilize the Second Step Curriculum. This curriculum teaches children how to have empathy towards others, impulse control and how to manage feelings, how to make decisions and how to problem solve.
Small Group Counseling
Small Group Counseling services are provided to students throughout the school year. Groups are needs-based and vary year to year. Typical groups offered include; divorce care groups, grief care groups, friendship groups, anger management groups, and new student groups. Students are referred to small groups by teachers, administrators, parents and student self-referrals.
Individual counseling is offered to those students who would most benefit from one on one counseling. Again, individual counseling is needs based and varies from year to year. Typical issues that may result in individual counseling may include friendship issues, behavioral issues, classroom/bus difficulties, and social skill issues. Students are referred for individual counseling by teachers, administrators, parents and student self-referrals.