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School Counselor

I am so excited to be part of the Nags Head Elementary School family! I am here as a resource for students, staff, and families to promote the welfare of all children.

My goal is to provide Nags Head Elementary School with a comprehensive and developmental school counseling program to help students reach their potential academically, socially, and emotionally. A child-centered approach allows me to work closely with parents, teachers, and administration in an effort to help all students be successful here at school. Some of the services I can provide include:

Individual Counseling:

Students may be met with individually to better understand their specific needs pertaining to academic, behavioral, and/or social difficulties. The length and duration of sessions will depend on the specific child. I work with teachers to establish a time of the week to meet with students that works best with their schedules. My personal philosophy for individual sessions is to let the child lead. We may make goals together, but the student leads the direction of our time. I like to employ solution-focused techniques, as well as, techniques from play and cognitive-behavioral therapies.

Students may see the School Counselor by:


Teacher referral

Parent referral

Administration referral

Group Counseling:

Throughout the school year, some students may receive small group counseling. Small groups vary in size from 3-6. Topics may include anger management, friendships, social skills, divorce, or grief/loss. This is not an extensive list, and groups will be created based on student needs.

Classroom Guidance Lessons:

When students are in kindergarten through 2nd grade, I visit their classes weekly to teach character education. Our program Character Counts! promotes 6 pillars of character; respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, citizenship, fairness, and caring. For grades 3-5, large guidance lessons may be taught as grade level specific needs arise.

Other Services:

Consultation and collaboration with parents and staff

Feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, or for any resources you may need for your family.

Ms. Emily Martin, School Counselor for Nags Head Elementary
252-480-8880 etx. 1825