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Samantha Douglas - Social Emotional Learning
I am the Upper School Counselor and Learning Specialist at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, TN. While I spend a lot of time working with high school students on meeting their social and emotional needs, I also run our upper school advisory program. Advisory is a time built into our school day when students meet in small groups with grade-specific faculty members. I design a curriculum that encourages self-reflection, addresses student issues, and facilitates meaningful relationships.
I have my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee and Masters of Education in School Counseling from Lincoln Memorial University. I have accumulated post-graduate hours in mental health counseling and the consultation model. Before coming to Lausanne, I spent four years working in alternative schools in both Tennessee and Alabama as a school counselor. These years were grueling, but fruitful in so many ways. My biggest challenge was reaching students emotionally, when so many of their needs were drastically unconventional. Many of my students did not know where their next meal was going to come from. I had to get extremely creative with my approach to counseling, striving to give them the skills they needed to meet their basic needs, while still addressing their social and emotional needs simultaneously.
In addition to my work as a counselor, I serve on the board of a non-profit organization in Mobile, AL called Fuse Project. Fuse has been a substantial part of my life for the last four years, as I’ve served alongside other young professionals who share my passion of helping children.
I am passionate about relationship building, and teaching others the importance of service. Whether it is within the classroom, in the hallways, or outside of school, I strive to bring people together. I love the art of bringing people together, and work to help students find things that they are passionate about. Leo Buscaglia once said, “A life without passion isn’t living, it is merely existing.” I want all of my students to find their passion and push towards the pursuit of that in their daily lives. We live in a world where technology and social media are driving forces in student interaction. While I’m unable to fully combat this, I equip students with the tools they need to have mature conversations and social skills.
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As a Lausanne Learning Consultant, Samantha exemplifies the LL Five Consulting Characteristics:
- Student-Centered Character: Lausanne Learning Consultants always keep each student at the center of the conversation in imagining what “could be” from “what is”
- Sustaining Character: Lausanne Learning Consultants are focused on working with the school to implement practices that can be sustained over the long term to support the school’s mission
- Imaginative Character: Lausanne Learning Consultants are expert and thus can imagine different answers as you interrogate the key question or questions that you are being asked
- Independent Character: Lausanne Learning Consultants ensure that their clients become independent of them over time, not co-dependent
- Fearless Character: Lausanne Learning Consultants won’t tell their clients what they want to hear but what, in their professional opinion, should be said
Upper School Counselor and Learning Specialist
Lausanne Collegiate School
1381 West Massey Road
Memphis, TN 38120