Melissa Letzler » Meet the school counselor, Ms. Letzler!

Meet the school counselor, Ms. Letzler!

About Ms. Letzler

Ms. Letzler is an Atlanta native who graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Psychology, then returned to the Research Triangle to earn her M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in School Counseling.  As a school counselor, Ms. Letzler has worked with students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, most recently serving as the 6th and 7th grade counselor at Sandy Springs Middle School.  Ms. Letzler aims to support the development of the whole child to ensure they are socially, academically and professionally successful at TMSA and beyond.   Her role is to support the mental health of students and advocate for equitable treatment of all the community's members.

School Counselors support students by:

  • Meeting individually with students referred by teachers, parents, or themselves for reasons such as:
    • Feeling down
    • Frequent, repeated behavior
    • Excessive worries 
    • Stressful/big events
    • Academic goal-setting
    • Family changes
    • To develop study skills 
    • Frequent, explosive anger
    • Anything else that seems important to you!
  • Conducting group meetings on relevant topics such as social skills, anxiety, self-esteem and family changes
  • Teaching classroom lessons to provide developmentally appropriate information and skills and build relationships with students
  • Planning and facilitating events to further enrich students' understanding of mental health and the development of the whole child

School Counselors support parents by:

  • Serving as a consultant for parents to discuss their children's behavior and wellness, citing developmentally appropriate trends and behaviors
  • Planning and leading events to support parents in raising their child
  • Listening to concerns and relevant information parents may want to share regarding their child
  • Providing referrals for mental health services and other resources in the community