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6th Grade Counselor 

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7th Grade Counselor

 Stephanie Gooden

I have been employed in the counseling field for approximately eighteen (18) years, including mental health and mental retardation. As a native of Coffee County, I consider it a privilege to serve as the eighth grade counselor, in my very own community.

While attending Valdosta State University, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Master of Science in Family Sociology, and a Post-Master’s certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. My certificate in School Counseling was obtained from Albany State University.

My goal as a counselor has always been to serve as advocate for children and their families. Counselors provides services in three domains; 1) Personal and social development, 2) emotional well being, and 3) career awareness. It is very important to assess and address students’ needs from a holistic perspective.

If I can provide any assistance to or your family please feel free to contact me at 720-1011, ext. 6658.

 8th Grade Counselor

Jill Pruitt



I have been an educator/counselor for over 35 years, and most of my experience is with middle grades students.  I earned my Bachelor of Science in psychology and my Master of Arts in Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and I have worked at two schools in Florida and one other in Georgia before coming to Coffee Middle School  in 2013. 

Eighth graders are very special to work with because of the huge transitions they are going through in their physical, emotional, and social development. Our goal is to prepare them for high school and beyond, and we are constantly reminding them that their investments this year will benefit their future plans! Our counseling program includes classroom guidance to discuss important topics, such as academic achievement, bullying, and career planning; needs-based groups, such as study skills, anger management, and worry management; and individual counseling as needed.  

Please feel free to email me at or call me at (912)389-6652 if you have any questions or concerns that I can help you with.