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Bard College at Simon's Rock - Associate's degree in Psychology Southeastern University - Bachelor of Science in Psychology NC State University- Master's of Education in School Counseling

Mrs. Gina Montague

School Counselor

Gina Montague is proud to be the school counselor at Powell. Mrs. Montague's favorite part of her job is the relationships she builds with students. In her school counseling practice, Mrs. Montague incorporates solution-focused play counseling, using play to empower students to own and find solutions to their problems. Some of the services Mrs. Montague provides include classroom lessons, small group counseling based on need, individual counseling and crisis response, and frequent collaboration with parents, teachers, administrators, etc. Mrs. Montague is also the 504 coordinator at Powell.

Mrs. Montague loves Disney, Harry Potter, and coffee. Prior to becoming a school counselor, she worked for Disney for 9 years. At home, she has a wonderful husband of five years and a 100+ lb dog named Jerry. Her favorite place is Disneyworld, and some of her favorite things to do are calligraphy, origami, yoga, playing board and card games, and singing.

Mrs. Montague looks forward to helping all students at Powell reach their goals and become bright and capable individuals!

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My Play-losophy:

Play serves as the best way for children to communicate, learn, and demonstrate their personal potential. It is wonderful for children to interact with one another in student-led activities and projects, collaborating to solve problems and persevere in the face of challenges. Play is fun, exciting, imaginative, and hands-on, exactly what an elementary student needs to develop and grow! Play is truly how children develop individuality, learn to respect differences, construct knowledge, build relationships, and so much more.

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Smith College School for Social Work (Northampton, MA) - MSW in Clinical Social Work Montclair State University (Upper Montclair, NJ) - Bachelor of Arts/ Psychology

Mrs. Catherine Codispoti-Mullins

Social Worker

Mrs. Codispoti-Mullins was born and raised in Paterson, NJ about 20 miles outside of NYC. Her parents are Italian immigrants and her first language is Italian. This ethnic identity is very much a part of who she is and she misses the Northeast because of this. Her father was a carpenter and worked in the construction of houses and her mother worked in the garment industry before the majority of it went overseas. She has one younger brother who is an Electrical Engineer and also has a Master's in Computer Science. Before moving to NC and working for WCPSS; she worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings doing clinical work with children, adults and families. Mrs. Codispoti-Mullins have been married for 30 years and has two adult daughters. Her older daughter has a degree in Animation and Media Arts and her younger daughter has a degree in Accounting and Finance. They have lived in Apex since 1999. Since getting married in 1989, they have also lived in Indiana and Ohio. Mrs. Codispoti-Mullins was REALLY glad to get back to the East coast and to be able to easily drive to NC beaches!!

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My Play-losophy:

"Play is the work of children" (Jean Piaget). I love this quote! I believe that play fosters creativity, imagination, exploration, socialization and overall healthy growth of mind and body for children of all ages.

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Western Michigan University Bachelor of Science. Western Michigan University: Master of Science Degree. Western Michigan University: Education Specialist. Nationally Certified School Psychologist. North Carolina School Psychologist.

Ms. Autumn Robinson

Psychologist

Ms. Robinson grew up in Michigan and moved to NC 18 years ago! She immediately fell in love with the sense of community that Raleigh provided and knew this is where she wanted to raise her family. Ms. Robinson has been a psychologist for over 19 years! She previously worked 5 years at a public, non-profit charter school building a Multi-Tiered System of Support for grades K-12. Her professional passion is MTSS; supporting every student and staff member in academics, behavior and social-emotional functioning, and attendance. Ms. Robinson is a relentless problem-solver, and always looking for a new challenge. She believes schools hold the power to make a change in every child’s life and cannot wait to support you on this journey!

In 2021, Mr. and Ms. Robinson celebrated 22nd years together and their 15th wedding anniversary! They completed a 15-mile hike to commemorate the trials and celebrations of a 15-year marriage! They have two daughters; 5th and 7th grade (life sure is interesting with two tweens in the house!) They love to explore on the weekends and vacation in their sweet RV "Winnela!" You can often find them visiting the many famous rocks of North Carolina: Sliding Rock, Chimney Rock, Hanging Rock, etc., there are so many! Ms. Robinson loves the beach, the mountains, family game night, sleeping in and her Peloton!

Ms. Robinson's life motto is "your life is your message", so always 'speak' your message! She looks forward to meeting each and every one of you and becoming part of your school family!

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My Play-losophy:

Play is messy. Play is fun. Play calms the mind and helps us learn new essential life skills that will last a lifetime. Play creates increased flexibility and improved potential for learning later in life. Play is essential to happiness and life success!

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Mrs. Amee Harrington

School Nurse