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Brenda Beard

Welcome to the Ozark Junior High Counselor’s page.  My name is Brenda Beard and I have been the JH counselor for over 13 years.  I am here to help your children with academic goals, social emotional well-being and provide and welcoming and safe place for them to learn.  


Frequently Asked Questions


What do school counselors do?

  • Work with individuals and groups
  • Help identify needs of students
  • Encourage better interpersonal relationships
  • Promote positive attitudes and choices
  • Aid teachers and parents in helping students
  • Assist people in making use of community resources
  • Coordinate referrals to outside agencies
  • Assist students with the process of growing up
  • Coordinate efforts with other school programs
  • Provide preventative services
  • Maintain confidentiality


Why do students visit their school counselor?

Here are just a few reasons a student might want to talk to the School Counselor:​

  • “I’m getting picked on at the bus stop and I don’t know what to do about it.”
  • “My best friend isn’t talking to me and it’s making me really sad.”
  • “I want to show you what I just made in art. I’m very proud of it.”
  • “I’m new to this school, and I’m really scared.”
  • “I just want to talk to someone who won’t laugh at me.”
  • “I did a lot better on my last math test, and I’m so excited to tell someone!”
  • “Lisa, Carol and I had a problem at recess. Can you help us work it out?”


Why do parents contact their school counselor?

Here are just a few resaons a parent might want to talk to the School Counselor:​

  • “Sarah doesn’t want to go to school in the mornings.”
  • “I’m concerned because Allen keeps telling me he doesn’t have any friends.”
  • “We recently had a death in the family, and I’m not sure how to tell my child.”
  • “Kevin has difficulty going to sleep at night and often has nightmares.”
  • “My wife and I are going through a divorce and we’re not sure how to handle things with the kids.”
  • “Jason seems to get really frustrated doing his homework and nothing I say seems to help.”



  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before
  • Find out what time school starts and make sure you have all required shots
  • Don't let you child stay home unless truly sick
  • If your child seems anxious about school, talk to teacher, school counselors, or other parents for advice
  • Avoid vacations when school is in session


 Office Hours and Contact Information:

Ozark Junior High:  7:40 - 3:30

Phone number: (479) 667-4747


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