Both Middle School and Upper School have student support and counseling services available for all students.
Baylor’s Counseling Center is dedicated to providing emotional support for all students as they navigate their years at Baylor.
We recognize that being a teenager in this fast-paced world, filled with social media, technology, academic demands and friendship dilemmas, is both exciting and challenging. Our students, while having access to the best teachers, technology, facilities, and opportunities, are bombarded with decisions every day which impact their social and emotional well-being. At Baylor, we understand this is a critical time in the life of your children, and while they strive to do their best in and out of the classroom, we also strive to provide the support they may need at every level.
Baylor’s Counseling Center offers individual support to students as they are working hard to maintain a healthy balance. Sometimes a special issue, question, problem, or concern arises that may have a negative impact on their over-all well-being. Whether it is stress, anxiety, grief, or disappointment, Baylor School counselors are available to provide assistance tailored to the individual social, emotional, and academic needs of our students.
The Counseling Center operates as a resource to provide students a private and confidential setting in which to work through obstacles which may be interfering with them reaching their highest potential. Both our middle and upper school have student support and counseling services available and students themselves, parents, or faculty may refer students for support.
In addition to working with students and parents, our counselors are a valuable resource to faculty who are developing strategies to help students and they also work closely with outside clinicians when additional support is needed.
Below are a few commonly asked questions and we are always available to answer any others you may have. Please feel free to reach out to us as we are here to serve.
- Can I request the school counselor see my child?
- Can my child see the school counselor without me giving permission or being aware?
- Will my child have to miss classes to see a counselor?
- Does seeing a counselor become part of my child’s permanent record?
- Who will know my child has seen the school counselor?
- What is the Upper School Peer Support Network?
- Who are the Middle School Peer Helpers?
Any student is free to use the support services offered on campus. While students are encouraged to be open with parents, they do have the choice to see the counselor without your prior knowledge. Depending on the age of the student and/or individual circumstances, counselors will determine what information needs to be communicated with parents. We discuss this with students and come up with a plan that the student is comfortable with. We also ask parents to respect the privacy of students who are not quite ready to share specific concerns at this time.
Visits with the school counselor are private and confidential. We take every measure possible to protect student privacy, while also protecting individual students and the community as a whole. Situations may arise that require information to be shared with designated faculty and/or parents, due to the necessity of serving the best interests of the student and/or the community as a whole. Specific questions about confidentiality should be directed to the counseling center faculty.
The Upper School Peer Support Network is a student organization facilitated by the Counseling Center. The group consists of current sophomores, juniors and seniors. PSN’s purpose is to provide support to their peers, sponsor activities that bring awareness to a variety of relevant issues, and to assist in times of campus or national tragedy.
Who can join?
Any rising sophomore, junior or senior may apply. Applications are made available towards the end of the spring semester each year. Any student who is interested in being a part of PSN must complete the application, two faculty/staff recommendations, and an interview.
As an additional level of support, Baylor’s Middle School also provides a Peer Helpers program. Students with a strength in math or language can volunteer to work with their peers during study hall times, benefiting both the tutor and the student gaining extra help and guidance. Other Peer Helpers may work to create awareness and education concerning issues relevant to our middle school students. In addition, they may build community by reaching out to peers who have been ill for an extended time or are grieving the loss of someone who was close to them.
While it is the school counselors’ responsibility and desire to keep information disclosed by students confidential, the counselors must balance matters of privacy and confidentially with safeguarding the welfare of our students and our school community. When necessary, school counselors may be required to disclose relevant information to the parents and/or authorized employees of Baylor School on a “need-to know” basis only. In the event a disclosure is necessary, the counselors will make every effort to inform the student and/or parent in advance. Any student or parent who has a question with regard to confidentiality should contact Mrs. Kathy Fraley in the upper school or Christy Tomisek in the middle school.
Parents are encouraged to email or call the Counseling Center to confidentially discuss a concern with one of our school counselors.
UPPER SCHOOL Counseling Faculty
Kathy Fraley, M.Ed, LPC, MHSP
Director of Counseling
(423) 267-8506, ext. 362 (Monday-Friday)
Carissa Margio, M.Ed.
Upper School Counselor
(423) 267-8506, ext. 394
Middle School Counselor
(423) 267-8506, ext. 578
MIDDLE SCHOOL counseling faculty
Christy Tomisek, Ed.D.
Director of Middle School Student Support
(423) 267-8506, ext. 508
Lizzie Gendimenico, M.Ed., P.L.P.C.
Middle School Counselor
(423) 267-8506, ext. 256
(423) 267-8506, Ext. 244
(423) 267-8506, Ext. 232