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stephanie curl, counselor

Stephanie Curl

Seventh-Grade Avengers


I have been a counselor for the past 10 years at Johnson Traditional Middle School and love being a jaguar. I received my undergraduate degree in teaching from Spalding University in 1996. In 2001, I received my Masters Degree in Counseling from Spalding University as well. Within the past few years, I also have completed a Rank I in Counseling at Indiana University Southeast. Before coming to JTMS, I taught in a private school for five years and then taught math at Frost Middle School for six years. I love working with middle school students. They are awesome! Counseling is a passion for me and I have learned a lot of things along the way. In 2013, I was honored to receive the Middle School Counselor of the Year Award for Jefferson County Counselors. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two wonderful children. I have a passion for sports, especially softball and play on a competitive women's team. Some other hobbies of mine include camping, scrapbooking and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to working with your child this year.
katarina stevenson, counselor

Katarina Stevenson

Sixth Grade
Discovery Team
Seventh Grade Master Minds


I have been a teacher for the past five years at Crosby Middle School, and I love working with middle school students. I received my undergraduate degree in teaching from Bellarmine University in 2013. In 2016, I received my English Language Learners (ELLs)Certification from the University of Louisville (UofL). In 2018, I graduated with my master's in Counseling from Indiana University Southeast (IUS).

Prior to working for JCPS, I worked with high-risk and at-risk youth, where I found my passion for counseling. Student success is extremely important to me, and I strive to make sure students know their value and worth.

It is my pleasure to work with your child and family to help all students reach their full potential.

crystal phillips, counselor

Candace Bell

Mental Health Counselor

I am excited to be a part of the Johnson Jaguar family, working daily with students on all issues related to the difficulties and challenges that affect middle school students (e.g., anxiety, social skills, and behavior modification strategies). I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 12 years working with young people and students, and I consider it an honor to use my years of experience at JCPS and other mental health agencies to hopefully improve the lives of each student whom I am blessed to encounter and interact with on a daily basis.

If you have any concerns about your child's mental health issues or you want more information on intensive outpatient services or how your child can get support in school, please contact our school at (502) 485-8270.

I look forward to the continued dedication to our students at Johnson Traditional Middle School.

If you are experiencing a crisis, please use the following link for more information as well as phone numbers to the National Suicide Hotline, which has access to 24-hour support: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Counselor's Corner

JCPS counselors, in partnership with students, families, staff, community, and businesses, will prepare students to be successful lifelong learners. The K-12 Comprehensive Developmental Guidance Program will provide teaching and modeling strategies that create and nurture a safe and positive teaching environment. Our Comprehensive Developmental Guidance Program K-12 provides the skills necessary for academic success, career planning, and personal and social growth.

Support Services

  • Youth Services Center (YSC)
  • Extended School Services (ESS)
  • Mentoring
  • Clothes Closet
  • Exceptional Child Education (ECE) Services
  • Staff Support Team (SST)
  • Teacher Assistance Teams (TAT)
  • Literacy Program
  • After-School Tutoring
  • Academic Opportunity
  • Tutoring
  • Guest Speakers
  • Foundations/Conversation, Help, Activity, Movement, Participation (CHAMPs)
  • Community Tutoring Services
  • Career Planner
  • Every 1 Reads

Counselor Services

  • Peer Mediation
  • Classroom Guidance
  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Test Result Interpretation
  • Character Education
  • Transition Services
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Referrals to Outside Agencies
  • Advance Program Assessment for All Eighth Graders
  • College Field Trips
  • Parent Night
  • Parent Newsletter
  • Course Planning and Scheduling
  • Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
  • Parent/Student/Teacher Liaison
  • Anger Management Counseling
  • Academic Counseling
  • Testing Information
  • Academic Monitoring
  • Career/College Counseling