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Guidance Counselor

Hopkins Elementary School
210 May Street
Somerset, KY 42501
Phone number:  606-678-8707
Fax number:  606-678-3062
E-mail address:

My name is Renee Powell and I am the counselor at Hopkins. This is my 21st year to teach and my 14th year as a counselor


I graduated from Western Kentucky University with an AA in banking and finance, a BS in elementary education, MA in elementary guidance (k-8), and a Rank 1 in special education.


What is the purpose of a counseling program?

The Hopkins Elementary School counseling program is designed to be comprehensive and developmental, with an emphasis on prevention. This includes large group guidance, small group counseling, individual counseling, consultation with staff and parents, and community involvement/referrals.


I conduct classroom guidance lessons on a weekly basis. Many of the topics include: being a good listener, drug education, self-esteem, career choices, anger management, bullying, manners, and character education. Individual guidance is done on a daily basis. Children are referred by teachers, parents, or themselves. Small group counseling is when I meet with groups of 5-6 children who have similar needs and concerns-for example, children of divorce, death, incarcerated parents, and conflict resolution. In addition to counseling, I am the building assessment coordinator for state mandated testing, ARC chairperson, 504 Chairperson, and am responsible for registering all new students.


My goal as a counselor is to help each child feel loved and become self-sufficient learners. When parents and teachers work together it is a win-win situation for the child. Remember, it is “always for the child”.


If I can be of help to you or your child, please contact me at the above address or number. If I am not available, please leave me a message and I will return your message as soon as possible.


"If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do for any fellow human being, let me do it now, and not defer it or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."

William Penn

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