School Counseling and Mental Health Services

Ms. Lori Brooks, M.Ed.,
Director, School Counseling and Mental Health Services

Ms. Mary Lynn Rodriguez, M.S., LMHC, NCC
Coordinator, School Counseling Services

Ms. Sherry Wenzel, LCSW,
Coordinator, Mental Health Services

Ms. Melissa Ficarro,
Secretary to Director, School Counseling and Mental Health Services

Grants Specialist

Office: 239-337-8132
Fax: 239-337-1452

Welcome to School Counseling and Mental Health Services of the School District of Lee County

The School Counseling and Mental Health Service's goal is to support the School District of Lee County's Vision 2020 Strategic Plan for fulfilling our vision to be a World-Class School System.

Building on the recommendations of Education Revolution: A Theory for Action, Vision 2020 defines a specific course of action to implement key, research-based recommendations and strategies designed to achieve four overarching District Goals:

  • Increase Student Achievement
  • Increase Family and Community Engagement
  • Increase Retention of Effective and Highly Effective Employees
  • Become a Model Continuous Improvement Organization

The School District of Lee County school counselors believe all students can achieve their highest personal potential. Lee County school counselors are leaders, advocates, collaborators and agents of change in maximizing student academic achievement, social/emotional development and college and career readiness through systemic change. Lee County school counselors believe a data-driven comprehensive school counseling program is the foundation of student success.

In support of the school district's vision and mission school counselors help students develop the mindsets and behaviors that contribute to academic achievement, informed college and career decisions and productive social/emotional relationships.

Lee County school counselors promote academic, college and career readiness and social/emotional development for all students through a comprehensive school counseling program that concentrates on academic achievement and success across the lifespan.

About Us

Counseling and guidance programs have undergone an evolution over several decades. Traditional approaches to guidance are characterized as process oriented, driven by crisis, and serving special populations only. These approaches are no longer relevant for today's needs. Many of the nation's problems can be addressed through prevention and early intervention. Currently, learning effectiveness and efficiency are being highlighted to accomplish the goal of educating responsible and productive citizens who have a global consciousness. More than ever, comprehensive counseling and guidance programs are critical to help prepare students to meet the challenges of the future.

Classroom Guidance Lessons: This helps students understand themselves and others. Through classroom guidance, school counselors help students develop peer relationships; effective social, decision-making, and study skills; effective communications, conflict resolution, and coping strategies; and more.

Individual Student Planning: This helps students set goals, establish academic and career plans, understand their own strengths and weaknesses, and prepare for the transition to the next stage of their life.

Responsive Services: This assists students with particular needs such as adjusting to a new school, coping with grief following a crisis, and dealing with substance abuse or other risky behaviors. These services are provided through individual and small group counseling, peer facilitation and consultation, and referrals to professionals trained in mental health, welfare, and other specialties.

System Support: This enhances school climate and relationships among members of the school community. School Counselors coordinate parent outreach services, community support services, and consultations with other faculty and staff.