Counseling Center

School Counselor

My name is Teresa Nowell and I live in Lexington, TN. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work in 1986 from UTM. I went back to school years later and received my Master's Degree in School Counseling in 2009 from UTM and then added the Community Counseling Component as well. This is my 13th year as a school counselor for South Side Elementary. I enjoy working with kids and have worked with them in different capacities. I worked in Juvenile Court for 5 1/2 years and Quinco Mental Health for 12 years prior to working in the school system. I provide classroom lessons weekly on social, academic, and college and career ready. I am also available for individual counseling per student's, parent's, or teacher's request.

10 Ways to Help your Child with Homework

REMEMBER - Praise your child for homework done to the best of his/her ability.

  1. Let your child know that homework is important and valuable.

  2. Set a regular time each day for homework, allowing some time to unwind after school before getting started.

  3. Be sure your child has all essentials, such as papers, books, school notebooks, and pencils.

  4. Help your child get organized by providing folders for papers and a calendar and/or assignment book.

  5. Have a quiet, clean, and well-lit place to study, with a comfortable chair. Keep all schoolwork there.

  6. Discourage distractions, including TV, during study time. Allow study breaks at intervals.

  7. Be available to answer questions or help quiz your child, but keep homework as his/her responsibility to complete.

  8. Spot check homework when it's completed, but don't correct assignments unless the teacher has asked you to.

  9. Read any comments the teacher has made on returned assignments.

  10. If a homework problem arises, contact the teacher for clarification.