Phone: 919-894-4233 ext. 1351
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Journalism and Mass Communication - Graphic Design M.Ed. School Counseling National Certified Counselor
Ms. Gabrielle Jones
This is my second year as a school counselor, and I am so excited to be a part of the Benson family! In order to receive my degree for school counseling, I attended NC State University and did an internship at East Clayton Elementary. Last year, I worked at West Smithfield Elementary. As you can see, I am slowly learning my way around Johnston county.
I’m originally from Wilson, NC and am the oldest of four siblings (two brothers and two sisters). I also have a Yorkie named Milo. I also enjoy reading, watching movies, spending time with my family and friends, and travelling.
This year I will be offering short-term individual counseling, small group counseling, social emotional learning (SEL) classroom lessons, and consultation with parents and teachers. Examples of topics that could be covered in lessons and counseling sessions include: peer relationships, managing feelings, goal setting, and conflict resolution.
Students can ask their teachers or you, parents/guardians, to see me or put a note in the mailbox that's placed in the front office. Please feel free to contact me at any time during the year to discuss your child’s needs, if you have any questions or concerns, and/or need further resources.
In the meantime, check out my counselor website for resources!
Throughout the year, students will be learning and practicing a great deal of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) (en español) through classroom lessons I provide. So far, I have worked with kindergarten and first grade students. This is what we have been learning:
Getting to Know One Another
We discussed what it means to be a friend and why it is important to get to know one another. We did an activity that gave everyone a chance to share about himself or herself and learn about one another.
Ask your children: 1) If they greeted anyone when they arrived at school today and what they said to each other. 2) If they played with anyone new today and what they did together.
Learning About Diversity
We discussed the many ways in which each person in his or her class has unique characteristics and strengths and how we can learn and try many new things with one another.
Ask your children: 1) What does diversity means? 2) What are they good at or what makes them proud? 3) If something new was learned or tried at school this week, and if it was shared with someone else.
We learned how emotions can be weak or strong and change the way we look and sound on the outside and feel on the inside.
Suggested Activities: 1) Play Feelings Charades with your child, taking turns guessing the emotion the other person is demonstrating or describing. Use your entire body and/or tone of voice to demonstrate the emotion, or describe the physical changes you experience. 2) Use a variety of "emotion words" to help your child name how they are feeling and how his or her body feels inside (e.g., stomach in knots; hot cheeks; butterflies in stomach). 3) Play music and dance to express a certain emotion and then switch to another emotion. 4) Play different types of music (e.g., upbeat; slow tempo; etc.) and ask your child how it makes them feel. 5) When watching a television show or movie, mute the volume and try to identify how the characters are feeling. Talk with your child about the physical or situational cues that help determine each person's emotions.
- A tool to help you understand how to best work with educators to promote better outcomes for your child with ADHD at school - ChooseEsteem.com
- North Carolina Families United - The Family, Youth, and Cross Systems Resource Center supports and unites the voices of children, youth, and families with mental health concerns
- NC Child Treatment Program - provides searchable roster of therapists
SEL (Social Emotional Learning)
- SEL for parents - video