I am Mrs. Eagin Evans the school counselor at Highland Rim School. I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and my Master's degree in School Counseling from Middle Tennessee State University. This is my fourth year as being the school counselor at Highland Rim. I absolutely love being at HRS and getting to know all the students.
I go into the K-5 classrooms every other week where I teach guidance lessons on various topics including self-esteem, bullying behavior, manners, citizenship, kindness, responsibilities, conflict resolution, career education, and more.
With middle school, I go into their computer class every other week and focus a lot of time on career/college readiness, bullying behavior and conflict resolution, peer pressures, and kindness toward others.
With 8th grade students, I spend a lot of time with them on preparing for the transition to Ninth Grade Academy, Lincoln County High School, and preparing for college and life after high school. I also work with them on developing a 4-year plan that I go over with parents at our 8th grade parent night that is typically scheduled in late March.
One of my favorite parts of my job is group counseling. I have groups for 5th-8th groups during lunch throughout the year. In these groups of students we focus on topics such as academic success, changing families, assertiveness, friendships and many more.
I am available to you and your child for any reason needed. If your child is having trouble with academics in school, difficulty with friendships, or problems at home, please feel free to contact me through e-mail or by school phone. If I can be of any assistance to you and your child, please let me know, and I will do my best to help.
This year we are launching a new program, the Olweus Bully Prevention Program. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is one of the best-known bullying prevention programs. OBPP has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying. The goals of OBPP are to reduce bullying problems and prevent new bullying problems from happening. The program also works to make relationships better among students. The program is for all students, not just those who are being bullied or who are bullying others.
Although the program is at school, parents and guardians play a key role in this program. Your child will be asked to tell an adult at school and at home if he or she is bullied or sees bullying happening at school. It will be very important that you take any bullying seriously and tell our school staff. Our school staff members have been trained to deal with bullying situations when we are told about them.
The Owleus definition of bullying: “A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself.” Such examples of bullying could include, but are not limited to, physical and verbal bullying, being threatened or forced to act, being excluded or gossiped about, having property taken or damaged, and cyber bullying.
Also, be sure to check out my links. There are a lot of useful websites that I recommend to help you learn more about the OBPP. The links listed under college information have a lot of important information that can be helpful to any parent and student, especially 8th grade students looking into colleges and career planning. There are also some useful links geared towards keeping our children healthy and drug-free.