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Your School Counselors

Your school counselor or school social worker is a member of the educational team at your student’s school and works toward the goals of Southern Hancock Schools. Just like your student’s teacher, we align with the multi-tiered multi-domain systems of support (MTMDSS) to help students improve academics, attendance and behavior and support their school’s academic and college and career readiness goals.

What does a school counselor do? 

  • Is a Visible, Proactive, Positive, Support for ALL Staff and Students 
  • Teaches classroom guidance lessons
  • Promotes a positive and safe school climate
  • Conducts small group counseling sessions 
  • Consults with parents and families regarding concerns
  • Provides information on community resources for families.
  • Consults with teachers
  • Counsels individual students in brief sessions to facilitate the transition from home to school, to build positive attitudes, self-understanding and self-reliance. 
  • Provides support during a personal crisis

Why Contact the Counselor?

  • Academic Achievement Concerns 
  • Family Transitions (e.g., divorce, death, re-marriage, new sibling,)
  • Behavioral & Emotional Concerns
  • Home Stressors
  • Peer Relations
  • Assistance in transitioning to a new school.

NPI Counselor:

Tonya Wood


 Ms. Tonya Wood
 317-861-3267 x4015



Hello Students and Parents!

I am excited to be the school counselor at New Palestine Intermediate School! Living in the New Palestine community means I see students on a daily basis and am also invested in their future outside of “work”, as well. I love getting to know students and their families! 

I know from experience that all families have situations they go through over the years that can affect children at home and at school. I can help bridge the gap when students, parents, and teachers have concerns. I appreciate helping students help themselves and believe in teaching self-advocacy skills.

I talk with students about “Failing Forward”. If we keep trying, we can succeed. We don’t always succeed the first time we try. It’s uncomfortable to fail, but it’s amazing to reach a goal when we do keep trying.

Please let me know if you have concerns about your student. We can schedule an appointment, discuss concerns via phone or email, or you can complete a “Request to See Counselor” form on the NPI website. Just click the link on the right side of this page.  

I look forward to hearing from you!
-Mrs. Wood