Counseling and Mental Health Services

Last Updated: 9/7/2022 2:36 PM


A significant obstacle for student’s academic growth at times is the unmet need for social and emotional development that may require specialized services. Our children's mental health  is especially vulnerable during this time of virtual and hybrid learning.  Newport Independent Schools offer three different layers for overall student social and emotional development in addition to the learning in the classroom setting.  


First, each school is staffed with a School Counselor.  This professional provides services throughout the school including small group and one on one services.  The School Counselor acts as the liaison between families and more in depth layers of services and is available to students daily.  

Newport Primary- Brian Zepf

Newport Intermediate- Amber Onkst & Jillian Chambers

Newport High School- Elizabeth Dalzell & Kia Gearding 

Newport School of Innovation- Michael Shaun Mullins

Newport Independent Schools have also partnered with outside agencies to provide additional services.  External counseling services are a parent/guardian choice and families interested in counseling services may contact their child’s school counselor to learn more.   

We are excited to now offer an additional link between the home, school, and community as Newport Independent offers two district mental health clinicians.  Given the unexpected demands on our students, many are feeling anxious, fearful, worried, overwhelmed, and sad. 

 If you feel that your child could benefit from services or if you would like to learn more, please contact your child’s School Counselor. 

Are you concerned about your child's mental health and overall well-being? Do you need assistance in guiding the conversation with your child’s medical provider or mental health professional?  

Mental Health America (MHA) offers a parent screening at:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers Parent Resource Kits to assist families in ensuring children and youth have assistance in areas of social, emotional, and mental well being:

Additional resources may be found through the National Association of School Psychologists at:

We can all help prevent suicide.  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources.