I'd like to introduce myself as the new middle school counselor for Potsdam Central School.  My name is Tisha White and I am coming to the Potsdam District with 18 years of experience working previously at Long Lake Central School.  In addition to former duties as a K-12 counselor, I have valuable experience with special education, academic services, testing, data coordination and administration.  Knowing that in my position I need to be prepared for whatever the day brings, I truly love being a school counselor. My greatest source of joy and accomplishment has always come from working directly with students every day.  Collaborating and consulting with peers and parents to make the students' educational experience better has always been what I feel I'm best at and how I can best serve the students' needs. 

    My goals for my counseling program include:

        To provide comprehensive, developmental counseling services for all students needing support with academic, career and personal/social issues. 
        To help students participate effectively in their current educational programs and in life.

        To help students deal with issues that impact their education and life, including those related to academic performance, behavioral or adjustment problems or                             attendance.   

        To preserve and support the social and emotional health of all students.

        To evaluate student progress and encourage each student to pursue appropriate programs commensurate with his/her abilities, aptitudes and interests.

        To inform parents/guardians of student progress and involve them in guidance related services. 

        To provide career guidance to students at each grade level so that they may attain the knowledge and skills necessary to secure employment and perform work in a                 satisfactory manner. 

        To provide consultation services to teachers, student support personnel, parents, and administration in understanding and meeting the individual needs of students. 

        To provide effective communication to the school community and the community at large. 

    I'm looking forward to becoming part of the AAK family and the larger Potsdam Central School community.  Please don't hesitate to stop by and let me know about ways I can help or contribute to your student's program.

Tisha White

Middle School Counselor

A.A. Kingston Middle School

(315) 265-2000 ext. 522