DaShanda Umble » Ms. Umble's School Counseling Page

Ms. Umble's School Counseling Page

Hello! I am DaShanda Umble and I am your school counselor at McDuffie Achievement Center. I am here to help provide guidance, support, and promote academic achievement for all students. I collaborate with administrators, teachers, support staff and outside community agencies to meet the needs of our students. By providing the support our students need, we are providing opportunities for students to thrive within their homes, communities, and school environment.
Master's degree, School Counseling-  Liberty University 2019
Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration- Brenau University 2005
School Counseling Program

Students, I am here to help you with:

  •    Setting goals
  •    Working well with others
  •    Feeling good about yourself
  •     Adjusting to a new school
  •    Learning how to make decisions
  •    Managing your feelings (stress, worry, anger, etc.)
  •    Dealing with peer pressure and bullying
Services Provided
  •       Classroom presentations
  • Brief-Solution Focused Counseling
  • Parent Consultations
  • Community Resource Referrals

*Please note school counselors do not provide “therapy” or “traditional counseling.”


Referrals for outside counseling services are available for children experiencing grief, divorce, family separation, deployment, or mental health concerns.

If you have an immediate need for help with depression, suicidal thoughts, or other serious mental health issues, please contact:
  • The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255
  • University Hospital- McDuffie

      2460 Washington Road, NE
      Thomson, GA 30824

       (706) 595-1411     


  • Serenity Behavioral Health Systems

      306 Green way Street

      Thomson, Georgia 30824


      (706) 595-2739







Learning Corner

* Always see the positive side of transition.
* Learn how to embrace it.
*Access what lessons you have learned.
* Access what failures you want to avoid.
* Make transitioning fun. 

May's Lesson

Transition is a natural part of life. It is actual a daily process. When a person transition in their life, however, from grade level to grade level, each year they take on new challenges, obstacles, and tasks. Also, high school graduates' transition into the world of work or college. These two things are major transitions for students. Transitioning can be very stressful but nevertheless it should be fun, exciting, and rewarding. Again, everyone experiences transitions in their life. We should all learn to embrace them. 

School counselors: Who are they? and What do they do?

A short video on the role school counselors play within the school.
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DaShanda Umble
School Counselor--McDuffie Achievement Center
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511 Main Street
Thomson, Georgia 30824

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