Hello, and happy school year!
My name is Laura Peden, and I am the counselor here at Cherokee Elementary School. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year, full of promise, for our school and students!
This is my 8th year in education. I spent t six years teaching English at Colbert County High School, in Leighton, Alabama, before coming to Cherokee to serve as counselor. Having the opportunity of serving as counselor is a true blessing, and I am fortunate to be a part of the Cherokee Elementary family!
The goal of the counseling program is to meet the needs of all students, providing a safe and nurturing environment for everyone. Over the course of the year, I will be working with our students in a few different ways. First, I will work with students through classroom guidance lessons and activities. We will cover topics related to academics, careers, and personal/social issues. Second, I will meet with students individually, either on a set schedule or on an as needed basis. If you feel that your child would benefit from counseling resources, please let me know, and we will get that set up. Third, we will provide various small group acitivites to meet the needs of students dealing with similar circumstances. Through all of these activities, I hope to provide an environment for students to understand and work on their mental health, learning the tools they need to carry with them for years to come.
I truly feel that the best is yet to come, and I believe this will be one of the best school years yet! We want only the best for all of our students, and I am happy to be able to help them through their school journey.
May it be a wonderful school year for us all!