School Counselors

The mission of the School Counseling Team at Saxe Gotha Elementary is to provide every student with a comprehensive, developmental counseling program as outlined by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Our program’s vision is to help every student be successful in his/her academic, career, and social/emotional development. We adhere to ASCA’s Ethical Standards. School Counselors collaborate with other school professionals, and the community, to ensure that all students are prepared to be 21st century learners and leaders.

Learn more about our School Counselors.

What do we provide?

Developmental Guidance Curriculum– Classroom guidance lessons and activities that promote growth and development and improves their life skills and mental health. Students will also have the opportunity to join small groups that focus on specific topics, such as; diversity, conflict resolution and healthy living.

Individual Planning- Activities that help students plan, monitor, and manage their own learning as well as their personal and career development.

Responsive Services- Address immediate needs and concerns of students, whether these needs or concerns require personal or crisis counseling, consultation, referral, or information.

What we offer to Parents, Teachers and Administrators:

  • Literature and Information in our office or upon request
  • Consultation
  • Referral to community resources

Ways for a student to see their School Counselor:

  • Self-referral
  • Parent referral
  • Teacher referral
  • Administration referral

School Counseling Staff:

Deanna Lee Thacker, M.Ed. (left)

Grades: 2nd & 3rd

Office: 803-821-4836

I fell in love with SGE during my internship this past fall, and I am thrilled to be working at SGE this year! This past May, I received my Masters of Education in School Counseling at Liberty University. I also have a B.S. in Retail from the University of South Carolina which I received in 2006.

While this is my first year as a Professional School Counselor, I have 12 years of management experience utilizing my passion for cultivating relationships and customer service. I am excited to blend my passion with my new career! 

On a personal note, I have been married to my husband, Josh, for 12 years, and I am a proud mother of two amazing little boys. My oldest, Preston, will be a kindergartener at SGE this year. 

Jane Eliza A. Chisholm, Ed.S., N.C.C. (middle)

Grades: Pre-K, Kindergarten & 1st 

Office: 803-821-4813 

Dear Families, this is my first year at SGES and I’m so excited to serve as the School Counselor for Kindergarten and 1st Grade!  I see students individually, in small groups, and in their classroom for classroom lessons.

I received my Bachelors of Arts in Education with a focus in Child Advocacy from Furman University. After working for a therapeutic child development center in Greenville, I moved to Columbia to attend graduate school at the University of South Carolina. I earned my Education Specialist degree in Counselor Education, specializing in K-12 School Counseling and am a National Certified Counselor.

I’m originally from Savannah, Georgia, but have enjoyed calling South Carolina my home for the past few years. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. I look forward to working with your students! 

Andrea T. Slice, M.Ed. (right)

Grades: 4th & 5th

Office: 803-821-4812

Hello Saxe Gotha Family!  This will be my 12th year working with students and families at SGE and my 24th year as a School Counselor!  I’m so excited to be able to continue working with most of my students from last year. I will be the School Counselor for 4th & 5th graders and will be providing individual counseling sessions, small groups and classroom lessons focusing on social skills. 

I received my Masters of Education degree in School Counseling as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina. I currently live in Chapin with my husband, three children and four furbabies! Please call or email with any questions or concerns you may have.