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School Counselor

Meet the Lady’s Island Middle School Guidance & Counseling Department:

Kathy Stephens, Registrar/Guidance Secretary, Certified Teaching Paraprofessional.  This is my 17th year working for Beaufort County Schools and my 14th year at LIMS.  I welcome new families to LIMS through the registration process and handle withdrawal for students that are moving out of LIMS.  I also assist parents, students, teachers, counselors, psychologist and social worker in any way needed. 
Contact informationKathryn.Stephens@beaufort.k12.sc.us, (843) 322-3140

Lori Howell, Professional School Counselor for 7th grade & 8th graders with last names K-Z.  I have a BAIS degree in Elementary Education from USC and a Masters of Education in secondary school counseling from The Citadel.  I have been a school counselor for 21 years.  This is my 17th year in Beaufort County Schools and my 11th year at LIMS.  I provide individual and small group counseling to students as well as classroom guidance lessons.  My focus is on the social/emotional, academic and career needs of our students. I also serve as the school’s 504 and Medical Homebound Coordinator.    
Contact informationLori.Howell@beaufort.k12.sc.us, (843) 322-3151

Shaquanda Kinloch, Professional School Counselor for 6th grade and 8th graders with last names A-J.  I have a BA in Elementary Education from Columbia College and a Master’s degree in Counselor Education K-12 from South Carolina State University.  This is my 3rd year in school counseling at LIMS and my 9th year in education. I was an elementary school teacher prior to becoming a school counselor.   I provide individual and small group counseling to students as well as classroom guidance lessons.  My focus is on the social/emotional, academic and career needs of our students.  
Contact informationshaquanda.kinloch@beaufort.k12.sc.us , (843) 322-3156

Valerie Bell, School Psychologist at LIMS, CES, LIES & Davis Elementary. I have a BA degree in Social Work and a MAT in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh and an EdS in School Psychology from The Citadel.  I have 9 years of experience working as a school psychologist.  This is my 5th year with BCSD.  I provide a variety of services focusing around prevention, consultation, evaluation, and intervention and work collaboratively with parents, school staff, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments so that all students can learn. 
I am only at LIMS on Fridays.
Contact informationValerie.Bell@beaufort.k12.sc.us, (843) 322-3171

How to see a member of the Guidance Team:

STUDENTS:  Students must have a pass from a teacher in order to come to the School Guidance & Counseling Office to see any member of our team. Students must sign in when they come into the office.   If the counselor, social worker, psychologist is unavailable, the student will be seen when time permits. 

PARENTS: Parents are encouraged to call or email to set up an appointment.  Parents are also welcome to drop by but should understand that the Guidance team member may be in a classroom, with a teacher, student or another parent, in a meeting, or unavailable if an appointment was not set. 

TEACHERS:  Teachers are always welcome to stop by the guidance office! We love collaborating and consulting with you!  If you are referring a student to a member of the Guidance team, please do so in writing (via email), not in passing!