Phone: 336-674-4325


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Iowa State University Masters in School Counseling, University of Iowa North Carolina K-12 License in School Counseling

Mrs. Brooke Shipman

Mrs. Shipman graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2003 and a Masters in School Counseling from the University of Iowa in 2005. After her schooling, she moved to North Carolina in August of 2005 to be the school counselor at Southern Elementary, and has loved it from day one!

Mrs. Shipman is originally from Iowa. She grew up on a farm with her parents and younger brother and sister. In her free time, she likes to spend time with family, walk, work in the yard, read, and watch movies. She loves cats, too! Mrs. Shipman is married and has a daughter who was born in 2017. Her family likes to go to parks like Stone Mountain and Pilot Mountain to hike, as well as drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in the fall to see the colorful scenery. The Outer Banks is a favorite summer vacation spot. 

Here are some of her favorite things

  • Why elementary school counselors?

    Elementary school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child development, learning strategies, self-management and social skills, who understand and promote success for today’s diverse students. They implement a school counseling program to support all students through this important developmental period. The program provides education, prevention and intervention activities, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. The program teaches knowledge, attitudes, and skills students need to acquire in academic, career and social/emotional development, which serve as the foundation for future success. -Source: The American School Counselor Association: The Essential Role of Elementary School Counselors (link)

    • Individual and small group counseling: planning and delivery
    • Classroom lessons: planning and delivery
    • Consultation and collaboration with school staff and parents
    • Student Council Advisor
    • Committee membership and fair-share duties
    • Section 504, IPS Team (Intensive Problem Solving), and CICO Program (Check-In Check-Out) coordination and facilitation
    • Participating in district and professional network training and meetings

    My office is a welcoming, safe, and caring space where we work, learn, share, and have fun together. School counseling is for ALL students!

    picture of counseling office

    One area of my work as an elementary school counselor: Classroom Counseling-Guidance Lessons 

    image of lesson materials on solving problems

    Classroom counseling-guidance lessons are a way for school counselors to serve all students in the school, to teach vital skills for school and life. Students gain knowledge and attitudes, and practice skills during guidance. (And we have fun, too!) These things include but are not limited to: emotions and coping strategies, friendship behaviors/social skills, problem solving/conflict resolution, character traits, career awareness, testing-taking strategies (grades 3-5), and more. Activities can include:

    • brain break, feelings check-in
    • listen, ask and answer questions/discussion
    • read/write/draw
    • role play/play a game
    • whole group/small group/partner/individual work

    Ms. Chrisman, media specialist, and I teach our lessons on an every other week basis on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

    There are a few times when I have a district school counseling meeting or there is a student need that needs to be addressed immediately. Therefore, we won't have classroom lessons during such instances. 


I am your school counselor and I am here for you.