Counselors

Leslie B. King

leslie king

My name is Leslie Bennett King. I am the school counselor at Edgewood Elementary School. I am a lifelong resident of Selma, AL and a 1993 graduate of Selma High School. After graduation, I attended Wallace College Selma and Judson College in Marion Al, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Work. I then went to Alabama State University for my Master’s Degree in General Counseling and finished my Educational Specialist Degree in School Counseling from Auburn University Montgomery & Alabama State University.

I have been employed with the Selma City Schools since January 1997. I began working as a Parent Facilitator, I later worked with the Even Start Family Literacy Program and I have been serving in my current position for the last 21 years.

I enjoy working as an Edgewood Busy Bee and look forward to seeing your child as we all strive toward EDGEWOOD EXCELLENCE!!

Alicia Ward-Thomas

Alicia Ward Thomas
My name is Alicia Ward Thomas and I am the school counselor at Sophia P. Kingston Elementary School and Payne Elementary School. I am a proud native of Faunsdale, Alabama.  I have worked in Selma City Schools for twelve joyous years and I love working with my students each day. I am an advocate for my students and I always encourage my students to believe in themselves. My goal is to instill in ALL students that dreams do come true!!

Tara Burks

Tara Burks

My name is Tara Burks, I am the School Counselor (9th/10th Grade) at Selma High School. I have been in education for 23 years. 

The best thing I enjoy about being a counselor is knowing that I play an important part in a child’s life in such a powerful and meaningful way.

Dr. Alice Jackson

Alice Jackson
I'm Dr. Alice Harris-Jackson, the 11th and 12th-grade counselor at Selma High School. I have 15 years of educational experience within the Selma City Schools district; uniquely having experience in elementary, middle, and high school areas. Education may be a career for many, but it is my true calling. As a high school counselor, it is my passion to assist in improving school culture and climate; provide academic support; help students develop socially and emotionally; provide parental support; and prepare all students for life after high school, whether it be the traditional college route, the Army, Military, or Navy, or obtaining a certification in a particular trade. Each new year brings new challenges and achievements, and I enjoy each of them.

Shayla George-Williams

Shayla George Williams
I am Shayla George-Williams, School Counselor at School of Discovery: An Academy of Interdisciplinary Studies and Knox Elementary Performing Arts Academy. I have been an educator for eighteen years serving in the capacity of teacher, Library Media Specialist, and School Counselor. Counseling has always been my passion from the very start of my career. My motto is, “If I can help someone on my journey, then my living will not be in vain”. Building relationships and making certain my scholars have an excellent and enjoyable educational experience, is my why for choosing school counseling.

LaTasha McKinley

Latasha McKinley
My name is Latasha McKinley. I am the counselor at Meadowview Elementary and have served in education for 12 years. I am passionate about putting the needs of all scholars first and serving the whole child. My “why” encompasses the desire to eliminate opportunity gaps and remove barriers to ensure every scholar succeeds. I was called to serve in this role. I believe that understanding that the work of a counselor is a calling is essential to creating a solid professional identity. Serving as an advocate, I provide scholars hope when they feel hopeless and inspire them to be all that they are capable of being. 

Debra Williams

Debra Williams
I am Debra Williams, a school counselor at Clark School. I have worked as a counselor in Selma City Schools for 14 years, in Elementary and Secondary Counseling. As a school counselor, it is my goal to effectively guide students through challenges they may face with compassion and empathy. Therefore, it is my passion and desire to be empathetic, and not non-judgmental to help show concern and understanding. Building relationships and having a positive mindset with my scholars are essential.  Regardless of students' socioeconomic status, or race, all scholars deserve encouragement and motivation to promote social/emotional learning, career readiness, and academic achievement.

Dr. Wanda Young-Lowe

Dr. Wanda Young Lowe

Dr. Wanda Young-Lowe serves as the school counselor at historic R.B Hudson STEAM Academy. She is a graduate of the Selma City School System. Dr. Young-Lowe attended Troy State University where she majored in Comprehensive Science Education. While teaching at Selma High School she attended Alabama State University and completed her master’s degree in biology. Dr. Young-Lowe has taught over 11 years at Selma High School in biology, chemistry, anatomy/physiology, and physics. She began counseling in 2000 for the Selma City Schools Early Learning College Program. Dr. Young-Lowe received certification in Administration/supervision, an Education Specialist Degree in counseling, and a Doctorate Degree in Educational/Leadership from Alabama State University, The University of West Alabama, and Samford University respectively.

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