Greetings St. Joe’s families. I’m thankful to be serving as your Professional School Counselor. I will be in my office, also known as the “calming room” at St. Joe’s, on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. I will also be available to meet with our students who have gone the virtual route via secure ZOOM meetings. This is my 14th year of school counseling, and I have worked with students ages Pre-K-12th grade addressing such topics as:

  • Building social skills
  • Helping arrange academic support when needed
  • Learning life skills (i.e. response to disappointment, anger, fear, etc).
  • Increasing self esteem
  • Strengthening peer relationships
  • Managing Anxiety

This will be a unique school year, but I’m here to help. Please see the attached links both for our students and parents. In addition, here is a link to the paperwork parents need to sign in order for their child to meet with the professional school counselor.

Lastly, the counselors of the Diocese of Knoxville are publishing a newsletter called “The Counselor Connection” to provide additional support and helpful information, especially during COVID-19.

The Counselor Connection Newsletter

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, I’m here for you! Please reach out to me at

Sarah Gilpin
SJS Professional School Counselor

For Students

For our SJS Virtual Students who want to pursue a virtual secure ZOOM meeting with Ms. Sarah Please fill out and submit this form. Please do this with your parent/caregiver if you are in grades PreK-5th.

For Families