Both Middle School and Upper School have student support and counseling services available for all students.
We often hear that your high school years are the best years of your life and no doubt, they are exciting and fun times. We also know, amid all of the excitement, there can be some challenging times as well.
- Do you sometimes have a question and don’t know who to ask?
- Are you dealing with a special family issue (illness, homesickness, arguments, etc.) that is making you worry and unable to focus on classes?
- Do you feel stressed by trying to do it all – homework, athletics, clubs, and other responsibilities?
- Are you worried about a good friend who just seems to be struggling lately?
- Do you ever have one of those days (weeks, months) when nothing goes right?
Please know that our counselors are available and ready to help support you with these concerns and any others you may have. Both middle and upper school students have ready access to Baylor’s student support and counseling services and we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to talk through situations you are experiencing. We know you want to be your best self and we welcome the opportunity to support you as you figure out who/what your best self is.
Below are a few commonly asked questions and we are happy to answer any others you may have. We invite you to drop in or email to schedule an appointment at any time. Please know, if it is important to you – it is important to us.
- Why would I need to see a counselor?
- How do I set up an appointment?
- Do I have to tell my parents, teachers, advisors, I am seeing a counselor?
- If I see a counselor once, do I have to keep going back?
- Will I get in trouble for the things I share with the counselor?
While we know you have supportive family, friends, and teachers, there may be times when you do not want to concern them with worries but really need to talk through them. Our counselors provide a safe and private place to talk through frustrations and can offer ideas for handling situations in ways that most benefit you.
While we encourage students to be as open as possible with parents and those who care for them, we understand that there are times when you may not be quite ready to talk to them about the concerns with which you are dealing. Counselors are able to keep information private and confidential as long as no specific dangers to you or others exist.
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