Meet the Counselors

  • School counselors promote and enhance achievement with an annual comprehensive school counseling plan that ensures that every student receives school counseling services. Credentialed school counselors provide comprehensive counseling programs that incorporate prevention and intervention with continuous academic, career, and personal/development activities that will prepare them for meaningful participation in a diverse, changing world. These activities include classroom guidance, small groups for skill mastery, individual counseling for students with specific needs, and a variety of other proactive and innovative ways to support student performance. 

    School counselors implement a program based on the National Standards for School Counseling Programs and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. They also provide resources for staff, students, families, and others to ensure that a family-friendly environment is established and ensure that students have access to a safe school climate necessary for academic and social/emotional growth.

    Parents are always welcome to come in or call 754-322-3800 for assistance or advice.

  • School Counseling Department Letter to Parents

    Dear Margate Middle Family,

    We want your child to be successful in school, and that means going beyond the basics. Excelling in academic classes is important, but students also need to know how to learn, make good decisions, handle strong emotions, and get along with others.

    This year, we'll begin the Second Step Middle School Program, which focuses on skills and concepts that are designed to help students both in and out of school. These include:

    • Mindsets and Goals: Students learn about ways to grow their brains and get smarter, along with research-based strategies for achieving goals and handling difficult situations.
    • Values and Friendships: Students learn to identify their personal values and use those values to make good decisions and build strong, positive relationships.
    • Thoughts, Emotions, and Decisions: Students learn the positive role emotions play in their lives, how to handle unhelpful thoughts and strong emotions, and specific strategies for calming down.
    • Serious Peer Conflicts: Students learn how to identify and avoid serious conflicts, resolve conflicts that can't be avoided, think about other people's perspectives, and help stop bullying and harassment at school.

    If you have any questions about the Second Step Middle School Program, please do not hesitate to contact me for more information. Thank you for supporting your child in learning the skills and concepts that lead to success in school and in life.

  • The Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department

    The Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department is headed by Ms. Brianna Merchant-Kelly, Chairperson. The department is responsible for providing accommodation for students with Individual Education Plans (I.E.P.).  The department consists of the following:


    Students with Varying Exceptionalities (SVE) Teachers
    Mr. Butcher & Ms. Davey
     

    ESE Support Facilitators

    • Ms. Dragoiu (6th Grade)
    • Ms. L. Brown (7th Grade) 
    • Mr. Patete (8th Grade)
       

    Behavior Technicians
    Mr. Span & Mr. Brown
     

    English Language Learner Classroom Support
    Mr. Poinson and Ms. Gualtero

  • Ms. Ambar Fernandez, 6th Grade

    Ms. Ambar Fernandez

    6th Grade Guidance Counselor

    Phone Number: 754-322-3800

  • Ms. Stephanie E. Williams, 7th Grade

    Ms. Stephanie E. Williams

    7th Grade Guidance Counselor

    Guidance Director

    Phone Number: 754-322-3800

  • Mr. Ashford O'Neal, 8th Grade

    Mr. Ashford O'Neal

    8th Grade Guidance Counselor

    Phone Number: 754-322-3800