Counselors

The Meadowcreek High Counseling program creates a learning environment which encourages our diverse student population to achieve academically and make strides toward their career and personal goals. Counselors are accountable to help the students meet their goals and intervention programs will be developed so students stay on track academically.






Mission

The mission of the Meadowcreek High Counseling Program is to implement a comprehensive counseling program that fosters academic achievement, career awareness and personal growth for all students.

Vision

The vision of the Meadowcreek High Counseling Program is to develop and implement a comprehensive counseling program that reaches all students and promote academic achievement, career awareness and social sensitivity to diverse backgrounds/cultures.

William Blair

Mr. William Blair

Counseling - Department Chair

10th and 11th Grade Counselor, A-L

I  William Blair grew up in a small town in Tennessee called Loudon.  In this small town I attended elementary, middle and high school.  After high school I had a strong desire to play college football and moved to Atlanta, Georgia to play football for the mighty and proud Wolverines of Morris Brown College.  While at Morris Brown College, I earned a Bachelor Of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education in 1997.   While teaching for 6 years I decided to enroll in a Master Of Arts program in School Counseling.  Upon completion of this degree at Clark Atlanta University, I was hired in Gwinnett County Public schools as a school counselor in 2003.  I have been in education for 16 years and I have been in Gwinnett County Public Schools for 10 years.
I believe that if given just the right amount of academic rigor with nurture, coupled with at least one person loving them, any student can reach their full potential.  With a clear understanding of what you can do and a healthy pursuit of passion, a student can discover their purpose and become a productive citizen in our society.

"There are three constants in life, change, choice and principles."

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Ms. Judson Carmichael

12th Grade Counselor, Last Names A-L

I was born and raised in Columbus, GA.  I was raised as a fan of the Georgia bulldogs and after high school, I fulfilled my dream of attending the University of Georgia. In 2004, I finished my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UGA.  After researching jobs in the field of Psychology, I decided to become a school counselor.  I wanted to be able to be a support system for students as they navigated their way through school.  I attended Columbus State University and earned a Master’s degree in School Counseling.  After completing my degree, I was offered a job at Meadowcreek High School and I began my career as a counselor.  While working, I went back to school to further enhance my skills as a counselor. I earned an Education Specialist degree in Professional School Counseling from the University Of Georgia.  I am currently in my 6th year at Meadowcreek High and I am proud to say I have spent all of my years in education as a Mighty and Proud Mustang! 

I truly believe that every child can learn and be successful if given the necessary support. Educators and families need to come together to provide our children with the tools they need to meet their full potential.“It is not who you are that holds you back, it is who you think you are not.”“If you cannot change it, change how you think about it.”As educators, it is our job to encourage students to believe in themselves and never give up!

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Mr. Andre Castro

Director of Adolescent Health and Youth Development Services

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Ms. Laura Critz

12th Grade Counselor,Last Names M-Z

Hi, I am Laura Critz with caseload M-Z 12th grade and graduating tweeners M-Z.  I was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and moved to Lilburn, Georgia as a child.  I have lived most of my life in Gwinnett County and graduated High School from Gwinnett County Public Schools.  I received my Bachelors of Science in Human Services from Kennesaw State University in 2006.  When I graduated from Kennesaw State University I accepted a position in Gainesville, GA where I worked for mental health.  I received my Masters of Science in Professional School Counseling in 2010.  I am currently enrolled in the University of Georgia working on my Education Specialist Degree in Professional School Counseling and will be graduating the summer of 2013.  I have been working for Gwinnett County Public Schools for three years.

My philosophy of life is that every student should dream big and find their educational path to successful accomplish their dream and destiny in life.  My favorite quote that I enjoy shearing with my students is to only regret the thing’s you’ve done- not the things you haven’t.

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Tracy Kay

Ms. Tracy Kay

9th Grade Counselor, A-L

I was born and reared in Chicago, Il. I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL. I went on to complete a Masters of Arts in School Counseling at Andrews University in Berrien Spring, MI. This is my 13th year working in education and my 13th year in Gwinnett County. I have only worked at Meadowcreek High School where I love and continue to learn from the diversity, wisdom and experiences of our students.
I believe that any child can be a success if given the right opportunity, resources, and motivation. God has given everyone a gift and there is no excuse for not using it. I am determined to view my glass as half full, because I am thankful to have a glass.

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Barbara Larkin

Ms. Barbara Larkin

College Admissions/Career, Work Permits, SAT/ACT, Scholarships

10th and 11th Grade Counselor, M-Z

Barbara is in her 7th year as a counselor at Meadowcreek High School.  Prior to coming to Gwinnett County, her previous work experience has been in Alabama.  Barbara graduated from Alabama State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and a Masters of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling.

At Meadowcreek High School, Barbara is Post Secondary Counselor with emphasis on College Admissions, Scholarships and Financial Aid. 

Her personal philosophy of Education is that “Education is imperative to validate knowledge and skill; there is no way around it.”  Favorite quote “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man health, wealthy and wise.”  Benjamin Franklin.

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Ms. Lauren Rice

College Adviser

My name is Lauren Rice and I was born in Chicago, Illinois.  I received my Bachelor of Science in Education for Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Georgia in May 2011. Following my undergraduate work, I began my career as the College Adviser for Meadowcreek High School.  This will be my second year working in education.

I believe that every child deserves the right to an educational environment that promotes their personal development and academic growth. It is my goal to make a positive impact on every student I encounter at Meadowcreek High School, equipping them with the tools to become an effective leader in the future.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle.

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Mr. Marcell Gardner Spates Sr.

9th Grade Counselor, M-Z

I was born in Newark, New Jersey and lived there until I moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend college.  I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Morehouse College.  I then pursued and received my Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from Clark Atlanta University, located in Atlanta, Georgia.  Prior to entering the K-12 sector, I lent my talents to the higher education sector, working as a Residence Director at Morehouse College for 5+ years.  This is my second year working as a K-12 School Counselor, and my first year as a School Counselor in Gwinnett County Public Schools.
I believe that all students have the ability to learn and achieve in a safe, caring environment. All students have inherent worth and should be treated with dignity and respect.  All students are born with the innate ability to succeed and possess the essential qualities to develop personally, socially, and academically.

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” ~ Forrest Gump

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