Student Services

Lumpkin County Schools employ professionals to assist children in preparing them for successful and productive lives in an ever-changing world. School counselors, school nurses, and social workers work together to provide support services for students from PreK through graduation. These professionals focus on academic areas and emotional and developmental behaviors to address barriers to school success. Our mission at Lumpkin County Schools is to educate and empower life long learners.

Staff Members

Kerri Whitmire
Director of Student Services
706-864-3611, ext. 10119

Hospital Homebound

Hospital/Homebound (HHB) services are designed to provide continuity of educational services between the classroom and home or hospital for students in Georgia public schools whose medical needs, either physical or psychiatric, do not allow them to attend school for a limited period of time.

HHB instruction may be used to supplement the classroom program for students with health impairments whose conditions may interfere with regular school attendance (e.g., students receiving dialysis or radiation/chemotherapy or students with other serious health conditions). Students must be enrolled in a public school in Georgia in order to receive HHB services. HHB services are not intended to supplant regular school services and are by design temporary.

The student must anticipate being absent from school for a minimum of ten consecutive or intermittent school days due to a medical or psychiatric condition.

The student’s inability to attend school for medical or psychiatric reasons must be certified by the licensed physician or licensed psychiatrist who is currently treating the student for the diagnosis presented. Please click the State Policy document to the right for a complete review of the Hospital Homebound Policy.

If you think your child may be eligible for HHB services, please contact the administrator of your child’s school for a referral form and/or additional information.

Family Connections

The Family Advocacy Program provides trained staff to work with vulnerable families who have children enrolled in the LC School System. The advocate works closely with the family for 9-12 months to help stabilize and familiarize them with resources and supports within the community.

Lumpkin County Family Connection
56 Indian Drive, Dahlonega GA 30533
706-864-8169 ext 41126
Director: Brigette Barker

Marianne Beliveau



Jill Horne



Taylor Anderson



Heather Marshall



Parent Involvement Specialist

The Parent Involvement Specialist works to provide parents/families with support to further the academic achievements of their children. The Parent Involvement Specialist provides information to parents/families in order to improve home-school communication and resources available to them.

Sabine Brashier sabine.brashier@lumpkinschools.com

Response to Intervention/Multi-tiered System of supports

The Response to Intervention (RTI)/Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a system of supports that integrates assessment and intervention within a school-wide, multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and reduce behavioral problems. Student progress will be closely monitored, and information gathered by this approach will be used to make decisions about the student’s educational program. Each school has a School Improvement Specialist who oversees RTI/MTSS for their building.

School System social Worker

The system social worker works in conjunction with counselors, nurses and school administrators to assist students and families experiencing difficulties in a variety of areas. The social worker may offer direct services and assistance to school staff and families in crisis situations. The social worker can provide aid to students experiencing homelessness and connect families with appropriate community resources. The social worker also monitors attendance and makes referrals to appropriate agencies when students have excessive absences. The goal of the system social worker is to empower and support all students to achieve academic success.

System Social Worker – Joni McElwaney

School Guidance Counselors

The priority of school guidance counselors is to provide support to students, families and school communities in order to increase student achievement by addressing emotional, social and behavioral needs. Guidance counselors provide age appropriate guidance for school success through individual and small group settings, classroom guidance activities, character education, and college and career lessons. The guidance counselors are available to all students to help ensure that the students acquire and demonstrate the skills needed for personal/social development in preparation for becoming life long learners.

School Counselors:

Blackburn Elementary School – Kimberly Beck

Long Branch Elementary School– Erin Ferrell

Lumpkin County Elementary School– Matthew Cole

Lumpkin County Middle School – Kayla Dingess & LaGala Fugate

Lumpkin County High School– Tonya Corbett, Kelly Crisson & Alan Hogan

School Nurses

The school nurse is an individual that facilitates better health practices in the life of students and staff to make a difference in student academic performance. The school nurse maintains a clinic record for each student to use in maintenance care or in the event of a school emergency. The school nurse is an integral part of helping to maintain the well-being of our students.

School Nurses:

Blackburn Elementary School – Megan Lower

Long Branch Elementary School– Ursula Luesing

Lumpkin County Elementary School – Rosa Grizzle

Lumpkin County Middle School – Scott Mildenhall

Lumpkin County High School– Cami McCarty


RTI Brochure

Parent Resources