Hello! My name is Mrs. Tabitha Edelen, and I am the School Counselor at Bardstown Elementary School. I’d like to tell you some things about myself, just as I hope to get to know all of you better throughout your time at our school. I have lived in Bardstown all of my life and this is my first year serving as our school’s guidance counselor. I taught fourth grade at BES for sixteen years, so I am a Tiger and know the Bardstown Way! I graduated from Western Kentucky University in December of 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In December of 2010, I graduated with a master’s degree in School Counseling. I also finished my Rank I in School Counseling in the winter of 2012. Additionally, I received my level one Supervisor of Instruction in May 2016 from University of Cumberlands. My husband and I have four kids, Tobi, Gracie, Bentley, and Brody. You will probably see us on the ball fields or basketball courts! Family is very important to us, and I will treat your children like my own.
School counselors are certified educators who work with all students, faculty/staff, families, and community members to improve student success for all students. Each school counselor designs a school counseling program which focuses on student academic, social/emotional, and behavioral needs.
Building Assessment Coordinator (EL, KSA)
ARC Chair (IEP, 504, and ACCESS)
Student Counseling Referrals
Facilitate referrals to outside agencies
Crisis Intervention and other Responsive Services
Collaboration with Support Staff and Family Contact Liaison
Our school counselor will not expose any information the child shares. With our school counselor, students are given the right to confidentiality with information he or she shares with the counselor. If there is a clear and present danger to the student or another person, the school counselor has the right to expose the information to selected individuals.
“What you say in here stays in here unless: Someone is hurting you, You may want to hurt yourself, or You want to hurt someone.”