Student Services

Student support services, also known as "student services," include prevention, intervention, transition and follow-up services for students and families. Student support services professionals provide direct services for all children and youth, especially those who are experiencing problems that create barriers to learning. Direct services are provided by means such as education, counseling, consultation and individual assessment. In addition, student support services personnel provide in-service training, parent education, community collaboration and carry out student service program management. Student support services are a vital part of the success of a comprehensive school program.

Contact: Michael Norman, Director of Student Services 

Suicide Hotline

Dial 988 Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention QR Code


Our School counselors assist students at all levels, from elementary school to college.  They listen to students' concerns about academic, emotional or social problems. Help students process their problems and plan goals and action. Mediate conflict between students and teachers. Our school counselors offer a variety of special and general services to all students. Through individual advisement, small group counseling, classroom activities, and presentations to staff and parent communities, the school counselors support each student's academic, college, and career, personal and interpersonal development.

School counselors also function as a facilitator between parents, teachers and the student in matters concerning the student's goals, abilities, and any areas needing improvement. Our counselors are a key school resource in helping students to prepare for post-high school plans and encouraging them to take advantage of the opportunities.

Annie Belle Clark - Cameron Prostko - 

Annie Belle Clark - Alexis Sapp- 

G.O. Bailey -Michelle Layton - 

Len Lastinger - Carletha Parson - 

Northside - Kimberly Southers - 

Omega - Christopher Oldham - 

Charles Spencer -Julie Thompson - 

Matt Wilson - Maria Hoffman- 

J.T. Reddick - Amber Cheshire - 

Eighth Street Middle School -Beth Sellars - 

Eighth Street Middle School - Tammy Slaven - 

Eighth Street Middle School - Jeronica Wade - 

Northeast Middle School - Wendy Pollock - 

Northeast Middle School - CaMicha Ryce- 

Tift County High School - Paige Wells - 

Tift County High School-Courtney Devereaux - 

Tift County High School -  Davina Samuel - 

Tift County High School - Jean Guzman - 

Tift County High School-Traci Hill- 

6th Street Academy - Earlletheia Williams -

Social Workers and Homeless Liaison Contacts

The Tift County School Social Workers’ mission is to advocate within the home, school, and community in ways that empower and support all students to achieve educational success. They work closely with families, school counselors, mental health service providers, teachers, and administrators to ensure the safety and well-being of all students.

At the secondary level, social workers also work closely with the guidance counselor and administrators to support students as they access the curriculum and work toward resolution of personal and interpersonal concerns and planning for beyond high school.

The social workers and other mental health service providers in the district work closely with families, community organizations, and participate in community events to advocate for the “whole student.”

Grades Pre-K - 5:  April Homes,

Charles Spencer, J.T. Reddick, Len Lastinger and Matt Wilson Elementary Schools

Grades Pre-K - 5: Thomas Stevens,

Annie Belle Clark, G.O. Bailey, Northside and Omega Elementary Schools

 Grades 6-8: Susan Swift,

Eighth Street Middle and Northeast Middle Schools

Grades 9-12 and Sixth Street Academy: Haley Dillard,

Tift County High School and Sixth Street Academy

Tips for Students and Parents

Students learn best when they attend school everyday.  When students miss school, they miss important lessons and essential skills needed for academic success.

Regular attendance establishes patterns of responsibility and commitment that will serve students throughout their lives, including in the workplace, the military, and college, or trade school. To support students and families, the school’s attendance initiative is dedicated to removing barriers to regular attendance.

We are striving to:

  • Improve daily student attendance,

  • Increase communication between the school and parents/guardians or families, and

  • Connect students and families to resources that meet their individual needs and help them overcome obstacles to regular attendance.

There are numerous issues - Social, medical, or family -- that can impact a student’s attendance.  As serious as these issues may be, all can overcome with support from school, staff, family members, and service providers who partner with our schools.

Tips for Students:

Staying in school offers you opportunities, learning experiences, and memories.  Dropping out of school means missing out on activities that happen only at school, like homecoming games, the prom, and senior events.

-- Twelve years of school is quite an accomplishment, and you can do it!  No one expects you to complete this journey alone, so look for help along the way.

-- Talk to your parents, teachers, or counselor if you’re having trouble in school.

-- If you need help with school work, ask your counselor to connect you with a tutor.

-- Having friends to talk to makes school easier and more fun.  Help each other during hard times such as when tests come along or when you have a personal problem.

A high school diploma could be worth as much as $240,000.00!!

If you attend school regularly, do the work, and graduate, you have the potential to earn $240,000.00 more in your lifetime* than your friends who drop out.  That’s a lot of money!!

*American Education Services

School is important!!  It’s the ticket to your future!  You must be present to win.

Attendance Tips for Parents

Support your child’s education.  School offers exceptional learning opportunities everyday.  Help your child be at school all day, everyday!

  • Let children know that good attendance is important.  Show them that you are interested in their school activities and want them to do well in school.

  • Communicate with school staff.  Let them know in advance if your child is going to be absent or if you have concerns about your child’s attendance or school performance.

  • Observe the school schedule.  Plan family vacations during school holidays and schedule children’s doctor appointments after school hours whenever possible.  

  • Establish a routine.  Make sure children have homework done, classroom materials together, and clothes laid out the night before school.  Make sure they get enough sleep so that they are well rested in the morning.


Your child’s success in school depends on having a solid educational background, one that can only be gained through regular school attendance.  Praise your child when he or she exhibits good attendance and promptness.