Middle School Counseling

The Middle School counselors provide general student counseling and sponsor the Peer Helpers Program.

Counseling Support Services

Middle School students face unique and varied challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement.  Middle School can be an exciting, yet challenging time for students and parents.

The counselors are mental health professionals who understand and respond to the challenges that students face.  The counselors are integral to the total educational program by providing support services through many avenues, including individual counseling, classroom guidance (life skills), small group counseling, interventions, and referrals. We also provide consultation and coordination with students, parents, faculty, and outside professionals. The Middle School Counseling Program is designed to further the social, emotional, and intellectual development of our students by providing:

  • academic skills support
  • organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • coping strategies
  • self-awareness
  • understanding others
  • peer relationships
  • effective social skills
  • problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolutions

Student communications with counselors is confidential, and we work with parents, psychologists, and psychiatrists as needed.

Peer Helpers

  • student leadership group made up of both 7th and 8th graders
  • sponsored by the Counseling Department
  • help other students by linking students in need with various services and setting a good example to follow
  • students become Peer Helpers by doing well academically and socially and by being nominated by a teacher at the end of the year
  • help with Red Ribbon Week and attend various student leadership conferences and workshops across the city
  • are buddies to the New Students and help give tours at special programs during the year

It's a fun way to be an ambassador for the school! If you're interested, do well over the year and you may be nominated, too!

Contact Us

Mrs. Tonya Dedeaux

  • National Board Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Attended NOVA Crisis Response Training
  • Peer Helper Coordinator
  • Member of American School
  • Counselor Association Counselor, 1996 to present
  • M.S. University of Southern Mississippi, B.A. Spelman College  
  • / 404.765.4437
  • At Woodward since 2003

Ms. Lexi Nguyen