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Counselor's Corner

we miss you!

We encourage our students and families to reach out to their school counselors via email throughout their time at home. 

Below you will find contact information, community resources, and tools you can use in the home to support social and emotional learning!


  • Clinton Elementary: Gaye Derrick (
  • Eastside Elementary: Ryan Smith (
  • Joanna-Woodson Elementary: Marcus Porter (
  • Susan Anderson (
  • Clinton Middle School - Sonya Atkinson ( & Erica Coats (
  • Clinton High School - Sloan Mayer ( & Sallie Wiggins (

Dear Parents and Students,

We understand that this is an unusual and stressful time for all and we are working to be available and provide resources for you and your family wherever we can. Please know that during the school closure, Mrs.Coats and Mrs. Atkinson will be monitoring email during regular school hours, 8:30am to 3:00pm- Monday- Thursday. Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns during these times.  Our contact information is below and we will respond to all communication as quickly as possible.  We are also listing several community resources should you need them. 


Erica Coats- 6th grade counselor and 7th graders with last names beginning with A-L

Sonya Atkinson- 8th grade counselor and 7th graders with last names beginning with M-Z


Clinton High School Counselors:

Sloan Mayer - Grades 9/10 

Sallie Wiggins - Grades 11/12

We know this is a tough time for both parents and students.  Mrs. Mayer and Mrs. Wiggins are available by phone or email.  Our amended school hours are 9-3, but we will be checking email throughout normal school hours.  If you have a counseling emergency outside of the school day or need help right away, please call 9-1-1 for assistance.

High School students need to check Google Classroom daily for more information.  Counselors will post messages and optional school counseling lessons for students there.

Guidance/School Counseling Website - here you will find other school information as well as a newsfeed for our Facebook and Twitter Page


Community Resources:

  • Laurens County Mental Health Center - 864- 984-0912
  • Beyond Abuse - 864-227-1623
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255


Internet Resources


Eastside Eagles

Welcome to our Eastside Counselor’s Corner.  We are looking forward to seeing you all again soon! Some of you, we will see face to face and some will be virtual. Either way, we can not wait to see you again.  We have a new face in our counseling department this year. Mrs. Derrick is new to our school, but not to our district. She will be located in what used to be Mr. Smith's office  if you need to see her. Also, if you need to speak to us before you are back in school, you can contact us by email at and or you can call the school Monday-Friday 8am-3pm and someone will assist you with contacting the counselor you wish to speak with.  Leave a phone number where we can reach you and we will be happy to call you back. 


Mrs. Derrick and Mrs. Anderson

Joanna Woodson Stars

Hello!  Coming to you from Joanna Woodson’s Counselor’s Corner.  This would be Mr. Marcus Porter, the Cool Counselor, and Mrs. Susan Anderson!   We miss you so very much and know that you are doing an awesome job on your school work!  Just like we would see you in our office at school, we want you to know that while you are home, we are available. 

You can contact us by email at  and or you can call the school Monday-Thursday 9am-1pm and someone will assist you with contacting the counselor with whom you would like to speak.  Leave a phone number where we can reach you and we will be happy to call you back. 


Mr. Porter and Mrs. Anderson


William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, software developer, investor, and philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. He is one of the best-known entrepreneurs and pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad. As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the Corona/ Covid-19 virus is really doing to us:

1) It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should to. If you don’t believe me, just ask Tom Hanks.

2) It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport. It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.

3) It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.

4) It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet roll.

5) It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine) as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.

6) It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our home and to strengthen our family unit.

7) It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do. Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.

8) It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how great others think we are, a virus can bring our world to a standstill.

9) It is reminding us that the power of freewill is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after only our self. Indeed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colors.

10) It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of the world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.

11) It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle which will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.

12) It is reminding us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off of shelves. We are sick because our home is sick. 

13) It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic; this too shall pass.

14) Whereas many see the Corona/ Covid-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a *great corrector* It is sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them or not.

A Beautiful message from Bill Gates

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