Counselor’s Corner

SUSAN JONES — Teams 1,2,4

I have a BA in Education and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Marshall University.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I have attained National Certification.  I choose to work in the school system instead of private practice because I believe it is where I can serve the most children and families.

I was a teacher at Kenna Elementary upon graduation from college, took time off to be a fulltime mom, earned my Master’s, then rejoined Jackson Co. Schools as a school counselor.  For 15 years I worked primarily at HJK and Ravenswood Grade. I love working with kids at school and in church, and I have found that middle schoolers hold a special place in my heart.

My pastor husband and I have four sons, all of who have come through Ripley Middle: Jeremy is a licensed architect, Jonathan is a public relations advisor, Joshua is a supervised clinical psychologist, and Jamin is a senior chemical engineering major at WVU.  As a parent, I believe strongly in the educational excellence of Jackson County Schools!

I hope to be a small part of your child’s middle school education, whether it’s mediating in a peer or family situation, or offering opportunities for honors, camps, scholarships, or community service. I want students to trust me as they navigate the bumps of life in this transitional period between childhood and adulthood.

JAY HAMILTON — Teams 5,6,7

I have my BS in Education from Indiana State University. I attended and graduated from Marshall University Graduate College with a MA in Mental Health/School Counseling.  Prior to beginning my work in the Jackson County School System in August of 2011, I spent 13 years in WV and Ohio working with emotionally and behaviorally troubled teens and their families at Pressley Ridge.  From 2005 to 2011 I was a Middle School Counselor at Statesville, North Carolina.

I received training at Cornell University on TCIS (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools).  I am an instructor for Jackson County staffs on this de-escalation management program.

I have a wonderful little boy and a beautiful wife who are the loves of my life.  I enjoy running, playing with my puppies, computer gaming, watching sports, drinking coffee, and cleaning.  I believe strongly in the concept that beliefs drive actions, and I work on developing a positive mindset.  I also believe that family and community relationships provide the primary foundation for our youth and that the educational system can play a vital role in supporting this foundation.

I cannot help unless I know and I have no magic wand, but sometimes a child just needs a safe place to go in order to be heard.  I can be reached at 304-372-7350.