Degrees and Certifications:
B.A., Psychology, 1999 St. Andrews University M.Ed., School Counseling, 2010 Campbell University
Mrs. Kathleen McNeill
I enjoy working with students, teachers, administrators, and parents to help students reach their full potential and discover their natural talents and abilities. I am available to listen to student concerns, advocate, and help children learn ways to deal effectively with academic and social issues they face as they grow and learn.
I connect with students in several ways; individual counseling, group sessions, or classroom guidance. In classroom guidance lessons, we discuss topics such as emotions, bullying, leadership skills, medicine safety, the world of work, getting along with peers, goal-setting, and transitioning to middle school.
I also work with students individually and in small groups by referral. Small group lessons focus on friendship building, "Uncle Sam's Kids" for students of military families, study skills, attendance issues, and other topics as they arise. If you have a concern about your child, you may email me through my contact page on this website or call the school and ask for Mrs. McNeill.
How to handle stressful moments and events:
While you are participating in Distance Learning, focus on the physical, intellectual, and emotional sides of yourself to develop and maintain healthy coping strategies.
- Deep breathing exercises and “Brain breaks” are a fun way to help you relieve stress. It’s important to have an overall stress-reduction and time management plan to keep stress under control during distance learning. Schedule work and playtime.
- Positive meal times: Healthy foods and enjoyable mealtimes help kids feel better and more connected to their families. Eat lots of veggies and fruit, choose water over sugary or caffeine-filled drinks.
- Physical activity: Kids should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, but any amount is good.
- Sleep: A tired child is easily frustrated by simple, daily tasks. Rule of thumb: A 6 to 12 year-old students needs 9 to 12 hours of sleep per day while 13 to 18-year-old students needs 8 to 10 hours of sleep per day.
- A regular routine: Routines help children feel more secure and in control. They need study time, meals, and snacks around the same time each day and a predictable bedtime routine. They also need to wake up at the same time every day.
- Talk about the situation: Talk to your family about stressful situations.
- Journal: Keep a written account of your thoughts and feelings.
- Count to 10: Counting to 10 becomes an even more effective way of disarming anger. Be sure to take a slow deep breath between each number.
- Drawing or coloring: Coloring has the ability to relax the fear center of your brain, the amygdala. It induces the same state as meditating does by calming the thoughts of a restless mind.
- Clean and/or Organize: Researchers found that those who described their home as more cluttered and stressful were more likely to experience a depressed mood throughout the day.
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The Vision of Harnett County Schools Comprehensive School Counseling Program is to produce students that are college and career ready and are prepared to meet the challenges and expectations of the 21st century. The comprehensive school counseling program supports all students' access to and participation in a challenging curriculum as well as high-quality opprotunities for self-directed personal growth. As successful lifelong learners ad productive citizens, our students achieve their fullest potential and make a positive contribution to their school and community.