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Ms. Palmeter

An Introduction from our New Counselor, Ms. Palmeter

My name is Heather Palmeter and I am the new School Counselor at Sand Ridge Elementary. I joined this incredible community of learners on February 1st and every day has been more amazing that the one before. I am so thankful for the supportive and enthusiastic welcome from students, parents, and staff! I am looking forward to continuing to build and expand on our established counseling program by supporting and encouraging students academically, personally, and socially - through individual sessions, small groups, and classroom lessons.

My top priority during these first few weeks is building relationships with students; getting to know them and letting them get to know me. One of my favorite ways to do this is by having "Lunch Bunches", when I invite 3-4 students to my office during their lunchtime. After they eat lunch, we read books and play games. This informal setting really helps students open up, and hopefully, develop trust and comfort with me. There are several amazing programs here, stuck as AVID and MindUP, that are new to me. I am looking forward to learning about them.

A little bit about me: My daughter and I recently relocated here from Virginia. This is my 16th year as an elementary school counselor, but I have been encouraging, educating, and supporting children for over 30 years through various roles. I earned by bachelor's degree from Salisbury State University and my master's degree from George Mason University. My daughter just started her first year of high school and we are both extremely happy to call ourselves North Carolinians now!