Phone: 843-399-2204, ext. 662513
Degrees and Certifications:
M.Ed. in School Counseling
Mrs. Laurie G Thomas
My name is Laurie Thomas. I have been serving students at Waterway Elementary School since the year 2015, as their school counselor. I love this career and enjoy working with students, as well as engaging their parents to be actively involved at school.
The idea that I would be an educator had been realized long before I ever became a school counselor, as my commitment to the educational system is evident in my past and current experiences. In fact, I was a Teacher Cadet while a student at North Myrtle Beach High, where I graduated many years ago. After graduating from high school, I started college at the University of South Carolina in Columbia majoring in elementary education. Life happened, I experienced some family issues and as a result, I quit college.
I later returned to college at Coastal Carolina University as a non-traditional student and earned a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. After that, I continued my education at Liberty University and earned a Master Degree in School Counseling.
The opportunity for me to return to my hometown and serve my community in the capacity of an elementary school counselor helped me to realize my passion to serve young people. I believe all students need and deserve a solid educational foundation as well as a dependable support system within school to grow into responsible and successful adults. I work to empower students to challenge themselves to meet their fullest potential and maximize their success. By taking a holistic approach to each child’s development, I realize each has his/her own strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, it is my goal to ensure I am helping all students to meet their academic, career, and social/emotional needs.
In my personal life, I am happily married and have one beautiful daughter. When I am not working, I enjoy reading, traveling and Gamecock football.