Here for our Students
The Student Support team at Brentwood Academy works collaboratively with BA teachers, coaches, and administrators to give our full support to each of our students personally and socially. In addition, we provide resources and partnering events to our BA families to provide a collective approach for meeting the needs of each whole student.
Adolescents are faced with many challenges on a daily basis. By providing proactive psycho-educational learning, we believe our students will enhance their ability to become resourceful, resilient young men and women when faced with these challenges. We are also available and ready to respond as our students have needs. Our team is committed and passionate about offering assistance to our BA students and families.
Please accept the following as resources. The student support team suggests that you seek out the most appropriate resources for your child’s needs and your family values.
Grieving the Losses of Coronavirus by Lori Gottlieb in The New York Times
Quaranteenagers: Strategies for Parenting in Close Quarters by Lisa Damour in The New York Times
What Therapists Tell Patients Who Are Anxious About Coronavirus by Kelsey Borresen in Huffpost
Anxiety - What Every Young Person Should Know on Screenagers
Why Smart Kids Worry by Allison Edwards
Learning Style & Differences
101 Things You Should Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home by David Bordon & Tom Winters
How Children Raise Parents: The Art of Listening to Your Family by Dan B. Allender
Love No Matter What: When Your Kids Make Decisions You Don't Agree With by Brenda Garrison
Parenting Teens with Love & Logic by Foster Cline & Jim Fay
Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon & Michael Thompson
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by Stephen James & David Thomas
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration The SAMHSA website includes a substance abuse hotline (1-800-662-4357).
Child Help: Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse The Child Help website includes a national child abuse hotline (1-800-422-4453).
Department of Children's Services: Tennessee Child Abuse The DCS website has a hotline to report child abuse (1-877-237-0004).
It is important to identify students who need additional assistance beyond the proactive support all students receive. We ask our faculty members to be diligent in being aware of student emotional and social needs. Because of their involvement in our student body, they are the most effective referral source for our students. As an initial step, parents who become concerned about their child should communicate with their child’s advisor who can refer directly to Mrs. Hall or Ms. Newton, if necessary. If parents encounter a situation in which they need to go straight to the student support team, please email one of us.
Alyssa Hall is a licensed professional school counselor who holds a master of science degree in school and clinical counseling and an educational specialist degree in professional counseling. Her student services include individual meetings with students based on referrals, teaching character development classroom lessons and planning needs-based assemblies with guest speakers. Her role as the school counselor includes providing a trained listening ear to students, teaching self-care wellness tools to students when appropriate and referring students with on-going needs to mental health providers.
Family Life Coordinator
Cookie Newton has worked with students and families in the school setting for over 30 years, and 16 years of her experience have been at BA as the Family Life Coordinator. She is trained in the student assistance model where she provides resources and support to families in order to provide the best environment to help students reach their potential. Ms. Newton heads up Partnering with Parents events, Mom’s Bible Study, MAPP, and Advisory Groups, in addition to teaching an 8th grade life skills exploratory class. As the ninth grade chair, she works specifically with students transitioning from middle school to upper school. Her role includes providing resources and support to parents as each family unit navigates through the adolescent years.