Donna Gerdes

Welcome to Guidance


My name is Donna Gerdes.  I have been the school counselor at Shady Brook Elementary for 12 years, but have about 16 years of experience.  I have a Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master's of Education in School Counseling from Western Carolina University.  I also have National Board Certification.  I am married and have one child.


College(s) Attended/Degrees Earned:
Western Carolina University, MAEd.

Educational Philosophy/Vision:

My philosophy of education is that all children can learn.  An educator’s role is to give each child the tools and skills necessary to become their best individual.

This is what we're studying throughout the year:
August/September:   Friendship
October:                       Respect
November:                   Responsibility
December:                   Caring
January:                       Honesty
February:                     Citizenship
March:                           Perseverance
April/May:                    Careers

Things parents/guardians can do to help:

Online Resources:
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