Mercer County Elementary Principal Nekita Johnson announced last week that Laurie Freeman has been named school guidance counselor of Mercer County Elementary School.
Freeman is a graduate of Boyle County High School, earned her undergraduate in elementary education and special education from Bellarmine University, her master’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University Southeast and her rank one in school counseling from the University of the Cumberlands.
Freeman began her career in 1998 as a special education teacher at Eisenhower Elementary in Jefferson County. After teaching there for three years, she moved to Mercer County and began teaching at Mercer County Elementary School as a special education teacher. She has been with the school district for 19 years.
Freeman replaces Stacy Charles, who has taken a position at Mercer County High School.
Freeman’s official first day was Monday, July 1, and she is excited about the new position, “I am looking forward to working with students and teachers as they navigate the changes the upcoming school year will bring.”
Freeman said she will miss the classroom and the teachers, but is looking forward to new challenges with students, “I am also looking forward to teaching guidance lessons to all classrooms in the school, as well as helping students to improve their social skills through small groups. I will miss working with my colleagues in first grade and in the special education department as a special education teacher, but thankfully I will still get to collaborate with them, because I will be in the same school building. I will just be in a different role.”
When asked what her goal was for the elementary, Freeman said she wants to help remove barriers for students, so that they are better able to succeed both academically and behaviorally. Another goal would be to help continue to foster the positive school climate that Mercer County Elementary already has.
Freeman is married to Billy Freeman. Their daughter, Jaylee, will be a first grader at Mercer County Elementary this year.