Guidance Counselor

Phone: 256.233.6609


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Lori Thompson

Hello, my name is Lori Thompson and I am the counselor at Athens Elementary School.  As a Professional Counselor it is my job to help prepare every student socially, academically, and emotionally for present and future challenges and opportunities.  Students are provided with opportunities to gain understanding of self and others , and to participate in career exploration in an environment that is safe, caring and encouraging.  I work in collaborative partenerships with students, parents, business and community members to empower students to be productive members of society.  

Education has been a major part of my life and still is.  My degree's include a Bachelor of Science in Education from Emporia State University located in Emporia, Kansas and a Masters of Education:  Counseling and School Psychology from Wichita State University located in Wichita, Kansas.  I began my career as a Kindergarten Aide in Rose Hill, Kansas, a small town outside Wichita, Kansas. I then moved into the role of a Science Teacher and Coach.  I taught Biology and Earth Science and coached volleyball, basketball and track over a period of seven years.  I then took off several years to have a family.  Our family moved to Alabama in 1990 and in 1992 I began work at the "Eagle Academy" as an aide.  The "Eagle Academy" at that time was Athens City Schools first alternative school.  I worked there for one year and then entered the Athens City School System as a full time counselor.

I have two children, Brad and Brian.  What a gift from God.  They have given me four precious grandchildren.  Brian:  Piper and Lennox, Brad:  Huston and Nash and two awesome Daughter In Laws, really daughters, Anjuli and Lerrin.

If I can ever assist you with anything, I mean anything please do not hesitate to call me at 256-233-6609 or e-mail me at

I am looking forward to a fantastic year!!