I am still available during normal school hours (M-F 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) while school is not in session. If you need academic support or brief counseling please contact me at taleen_palmer@abss.k12.nc.us or at (336)570-6500 extension 39015 and leave a message. I will be checking both email and voicemail regularly.
    • Remember to use our anonymous reporting system "Say Something" if you have safety concerns. Use this link to make an anonymous report Say Something.  
    • If you have an emergency dial 911.  



    Need to talk to a school counselor?

    We can video chat using ZOOM. Contact me at taleen_palmer@abss.k12.nc.us or at (336)570-6500 ext. 39015 and I will send you an invitation to video chat. You can download the ZOOM app on your computer, phone, or other devices by clicking the link here ZOOM for Android or here ZOOM for ios. You do not need the ZOOM app to participate in video chat on the computer. 


     No internet? No Problem! Call me at (336)914-1690 to talk by phone (this number is for NON-EMERGENCIES ONLY).

    "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination" - Jimmy Dean
    Hello! My name is Mrs. Taleen Palmer and I am super excited to be one of the school counselors here at Southern Middle School! My passion is to help students achieve their academic, personal, and career goals through delivery of effective advocacy, leadership, collaboration, and systemic change. I thoroughly enjoy working with students in classrooms, groups, and individually. I sincerely believe that each one of us has the power to overcome any obstacle; sometimes we just need to find it.
    For the 2019-2020 school year I will be serving the sixth and lower eighth grade populations, alongside the other school counselor here, Ms. Joy Hayes, who cares for the seventh and upper eighth grade students.
    A Little About Me:
    I taught ninth grade Spanish in the Philadelphia school system before realizing my dream of becoming a middle school counselor. I obtained my BA in Spanish from the University of Pittsburgh before graduating with my Master's in School Counseling from Salem College. This is my first year working as a professional school counselor, and I could not feel more complete in accomplishing my professional goals.

    Please contact me any time with your questions or concerns at taleen_palmer@abss.k12.nc.us or (336) 570-6500.
    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Henry Stanley Haskins