Meet your School Counselors!

  • If you are considering a move to the area and would like to schedule a tour of J.C. Booth Middle School, please contact the appropriate counselor.  Tours are held on the first Friday of each month at 8:20 a.m.

    Welcome to the J.C. Booth Middle School Counseling page! 

    We are fortunate to have three school counselors at our school.  Below is some introductory information about each one.

    6TH GRADE COUNSELOR: Mrs. Marleigh Whiteman

    About:

    Mrs. Whiteman is married with two sons, ages 11 and 13.  A graduate of McIntosh High School, she moved to Peachtree City from Texas during her junior year. She loves animals and has two pet chihuahuas.  You may see her riding around town in her jeep, one of her favorite things to do!

    Professional Background:

    Mrs. Whiteman began her career in the counseling field, working primarily with children and adolescents.  She then transitioned to the field of education, teaching both middle and high school students.  After 16 years in the classroom, she is excited to begin her new position of school counselor.  Her passion is making connections with students and helping them emotionally, academically, and socially so that they may reach their full potential. 

    Education:

    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology-Auburn University
    • Master of Education in Rehabilitaiton Counseling-Georgia State University
    • Teaching Certification-University of West Georgia

    Certifications:

    • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    • Middle Grades Education (Math, Social Sciences and Special Education)

    7TH GRADE COUNSELOR: Ms. Kristin Cristelli

    About:

    Ms. Cristelli is from Niagara Falls, New York.  She loves spending time with her three sisters and six nieces and nephews.  A huge sports fan, she is an EXOS Sports Performance Specialist.  You can often find her at the gym or the batting cages.  She also enjoys gardening.

    Professional Background:

    Ms. Cristelli began her educational career as an elementary school teacher.  She then went to the middle school setting and worked as 6th grade math teacher at J.C. Booth for nine years before moving into her current position as school counselor.  She serves as a board member for PFLAG in Peachtree City and is also involved with the Safe Schools Coalitions of Atlanta.

    Education:

    • Bachelor of Science (Minor in Psychology)-State University of New York OSWEGO
    • Master of Education in School Counseling-University of West Georgia

    Certifications:

    • P-12 School Counseling
    • P-12 Health and Physical Education
    • Middle Grades Education (Math and Social Sciences)
    • P-5 Elementary Education

    8TH GRADE COUNSELOR: Dr. Carolyn McDermott

    About:

    Dr. McDermott grew up in Peachtree City and was a student at J.C. Booth Junior High School from 1983-1985.  Her parents still live in Peachtree City in the very home where she grew up. She has been married for 17 years to Lee and they stay quite busy with their three children, ages 16, 12 and 11.  An animal lover, she currently has a chihuahua, a boxer, a siamese cat and a hamster. She enjoys reading and trivia and is a passionate adoption advocate.

    Professional Background:

    Dr. McDermott began her educational career as a high school English teacher at Brooks County High School in Quitman, Georgia.  She has worked as a school counselor in the elementary, middle and high school settings in Fayette County since 1998.  Not exactly new to J.C. Booth, she did serve as the part-time counselor from 2002-2009 and is very happy to return to the school this year.  She enjoys working with students to help them become the best version of themselves.

    Education:

    • Bachelor of Science in Education-Valdosta State University
    • Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance-Valdosta State University
    • Education Specialist in Counseling and Guidance-Valdosta State University
    • Doctor of Education in Professional Counseling and Supervision-University of West Georgia

    Certifications:

    • P-12 School Counseling
    • 6-12 English
    • ESOL Endorsement

    WHY VISIT THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR?

    School Counseling is a developmental process in which the counselor provides a student or group of students with guidance and encouragement, as well as challenge and inspiration in creatively managing and resolving practical, personal, and relationship issues in order to help students achieve goals.

    At Booth Middle School, we strive to follow the ASCA National Model and Georgia Standards for Counselors. This methodology allows us to reach as many students as we can with positive guidance that helps students in all three domains: Academic, Career/College Preparation, and Social/Emotional concerns. In essence, if there is something getting in the way of a student being successful, we provide tools and guidance to help remove those barriers, whatever they may be. 

    As Professional School Counselors, we work with students on an individual basis, in small groups and in their classrooms.  We can also attend parent-teacher conferences at the request of the parent/guardian or teacher, as our schedule allows.

    Here are some reasons students might want to talk to the School Counselor:

    • "I had an argument with my best friend and she doesn't want to be my friend anymore."
    • "Some kids in my science class are talking about fighting after school."
    • "My parents argue all the time and I don't know what to do."
    • "My grandfather is really sick and I'm scared he's going to die."
    • "My mom just had a baby and she doesn't have time for me anymore."
    • "We're moving again!"
    • "My dad wants me to be an engineer like him, but I want to be a pilot."
    • "I want to get ready for high school and don't know what to expect."

     Here are some reasons parents might want to talk to the School Counselor:

    • "This is John's third school this year, and he's having difficulty adjusting."
    • "My husband is being deployed in two weeks and Carolyn may need some help coping with this change."
    • "Sam used to be excited about school, but lately he doesn't seem to care."
    • "My wife and I recently separated and our daughter could use some help understanding this."
    • "My son seems to be the target of some teasing and bullying after school.  Can you help?"
    • "I want to understand more about the academic path my student needs to take after middle school."