Guidance Department

We believe every student deserves the opportunity to achieve his or her potential. Every student has the capacity to learn, and the right to develop a positive self-image.

Students learn best when encouraged, directed, and focused through sound instruction, guidance and counseling. School counselors strive to provide all students with the academic, psychological and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in school and in life.

Please call or email your child’s counselor if you have any questions or need to set up a parent-team conference. All the counselors “travel” with their students. The counselors start with the students as sixth graders and stay with them throughout their middle school years. By staying with the students all three years, the counselors have a better opportunity to get to know the students and their concerns. We look forward to working with you and your child.

  • Guidance Staff
    Mr. Paul Reuter, Director of Guidance
    ReuterPaulMr. Reuter Mr. Reuter has been a counselor at GMS since 1984. Prior to that, he taught middle school science. Mr. Reuter graduated from Butler University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree and in 1982 with a Master’s degree. Mr. Reuter’s responsibilities include scheduling all middle school students, administering standardized tests, and providing academic and personal-social counseling for his students. Mr. Reuter is the counselor for the 8th grade Freedom and Liberty teams and 7th grade Discovery team. Mr. Reuter can be contacted at 889-4047 x305 or via his contact form.

    Mrs. Lhea Hesler, School Counselor, L.M.H.C
    HeslerLheaMrs. Hesler Mrs. Hesler has been a counselor at GMS since 1993. She has also taught middle school Science and Health. Mrs. Hesler offers individual and group counseling, works with the teams, serves as a liason between school and home, coordinates the Reality store, does classroom lessons and performs various other duties. Mrs. Hesler graduated from IU in 1979 with a B.S. degree and received her Master’s degree from IUPUI in 1982. She is a Licensed School Counselsor as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Mrs. Hesler is the counselor for the 7th grade Explorer Teams and the 6th grade Comet and Nova teams. Feel free to contact Mrs. Hesler with any questions or concerns at 889-4047 x304 or via her contact form.

    Ms. Kyrian Marshall, Student Services Advisor
    MarshallKyrianMiss Marshall graduated from DePauw University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree and received her Master’s in School Counseling from IUPUI in 2012. Miss Marshall offers individual and group counseling, works with at risk students, and also runs the Peer Mentoring program at GMS. Miss Marshall can be reached at 889-4047 x306 or via her contact form.
  • GMS Support Groups
    The guidance department offers a variety of counseling opportunities at GMS. Small group counseling activities are a good way to discover more about yourself and to learn new skills. Groups meet once a week for six weeks during the school day. Parent permission is required. The following groups are offered:

    GI BLUES: Many of our students have a family member or close friend who is currently deployed and serving in our military. If you are experiencing a stressful and worrisome time due to your loved ones being so far from home, then this group is for you. The focus of the group will be sharing and supporting, with a student generated service project.

    PROUD TO BE ME focuses on your own self-esteem. Learn to be a better friend to yourself and others. All relationships depend a lot on YOU. Learn to feel better about yourself and not be be so critical of one's faults.

    CHANGING FAMILIES is a real issue for many students. This group offers you information and support for those students who have experienced divorce or blended families.

    Web Site:  Dealing With Divorce

    LIFE AND LOSS: Grief is experienced when we have a loss. This loss can be through the death of a parent, grandparent, sibling or friend. Sharing your grief can help you gain support.

    IN CONTROL: Anger sometimes gets the best of us. This group offers you a chance to learn skills to manage your anger. You don't have to change the way you feel, just the way you behave.

    CONCERNED OTHERS is a group for students who are concerned about someone they love who drinks too much.

    STRESSBUSTERS is a group for students who would like to learn stress management skills. Between school, home, friends, and everyday pressures, it is imperative that we learn how to cope with stress in our lives.

    LIFE SKILLS is a group that focuses on real life issues teens face. You will identify current topics of concern and then explore and practice strategies to deal with these issues. Possible topics include peer pressure, goal setting, relationships, and decision making.

     

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