• Hi, my name is Tonya Hill and I am your child’s school counselor. Your child is very important to me! It is through individual counseling, small group counseling and classroom guidance lessons that I will work with your child according to his/her need.  I welcome the opportunity to speak with parents and students, as well as to connect parents to community resources as needed.  Please call or email me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to a successful school year and I’m happy you are a part of our Ila Gator family!

    Ms. Tonya Hill, School Counselor

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Ed.S. School Counseling, Valdosta State University
    M.S. School Counseling, University of West Alabama
    B.S. Early Childhood Education, Kennesaw State University

    What is a School Counselor?

    School counselors are individuals who support and focus on the needs, interests, and issues related to the various stages of student growth. The school counselor is a certified professional educator who assists students, teachers, families, and administrators.

    What does a School Counselor do?

    A school counselor promotes educational success by supporting the development of academic skills, interpersonal skills, and self-understanding. School counselors also educate students in decision making, problem solving, goal setting, self-esteem, and educational opportunities.


    Individual Counseling

    Individual Counseling is personal and private interaction between a counselor and a student in which they work together on problems or topics of interest. School counselors establish trust and build a helping relationship during one or more sessions. These face to face interactions with a counselor provide a student with the privacy in which to freely explore ideas, feelings and behaviors. Counselors respect the privacy of information, however counselors are under obligation by law and ethical standards to report when a person's well being and welfare is in jeopardy.

    Small Group Counseling

    Group counseling involves a counselor working with two or more students. Group discussion can be based on structured learning activities during which participants can share ideas, give and receive feedback, increase their awareness, gain new knowledge, learn positive behaviors, and practice skills. These groups provide an opportunity for students to learn from each other.

    Classroom Guidance

    Classroom Guidance consists of organized objectives and activities that are facilitated by the school counselor in the classroom. Guidance curriculum gives attention to particular developmental issues and areas of concern voiced by students or in collaboration with teachers.