• If you or someone you know is in crisis:

    Dial 988 for the National Suicide Hotline

    Dial 911 for Emergencies

    Dial 601-713-HELP or 601-825-8800 for crisis help and support

     (601-366-9298 [en español])


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    The Role of a School Counselor

    2023 PUE Needs Assessment - Student

    2023 PUE Needs Assessment - Parent/Teacher

    Quest Career Survey

     Greetings Pearl Upper Pirates!

    My name is Candice Batson and I have been the school counselor at Pearl Upper since 2013. 

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Check out the links on the left for lots of different resources. If you are a current student/parent at Pearl Upper Elementary and have suggestions of resources that have been helpful to you, please feel free to email me and share. I do not share resources when contacted by outside agencies.

    Degrees and Certifications 
    BS in Psychology - Mississippi State University
    MS in School Counseling - University of Memphis 
    Ed.S in Counselor Education (emphasis in Play Therapy) - University of Mississippi


    SB-RPT | School Based Registered Play Therapist

    NCSC | National Certified School Counselor 

    NCC | National Certified Counselor

    Pearl Upper Pirates are:

    Prepared Respectful Involved Dependable Excellent

    The mission of Pearl Public Schools is to prepare each student to become a lifetime learner, achieve individual goals, and positively impact a global society.