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School Counselors

The Beaufort County School District utilizes the South Carolina Comprehensive and Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program Model to promote and enhance the learning process and facilitate student development in three broad areas: Learning to Live (personal/social development), Learning to Learn (academic development), and Earning to Work (career development). 

School counselors help students build bright futures.

Meet Ms. Birkett

Debbie Birkett, Guidance Counselor

I love working at Bluffton Middle School as I have the privilege of serving others each day. At any given moment, I could be found scheduling classes, meeting with parents, listening to a student in distress, sharing skills with a small group of students, assisting teachers, or even watching the chaos at the lockers each day! Please reach out to me if I can help you in any way.

Ms. Birkett, 7th Grade Counselor

Meet Mrs. Jacobs

Gina Jacobs, Guidance Counselor


My name is Gina Jacobs, and I am the sixth grade school counselor for Bluffton Middle School. I am from Atlanta, Georgia, but I have lived in the Low Country for 22 years now with my husband and three children all now out of the house!  I was an elementary school counselor for seven years before starting here at Bluffton Middle when it first opened 12 years ago.  I love our area, and I love to work with middle schoolers!

Mrs. Gina Jacobs, 6th Grade Counselor

Meet Mr. Perry

Mr. Perry

I have worked for Beaufort County Schools for 5 years, before coming to Bluffton Middle School I worked as a Behavior Management Specialist.  As the eight grade counselor I will be with students conducting small group counseling, individual counseling, individual graduation planning and scheduling to assist the needs of students at Bluffton Middle School.

Mr. John Perry, 8th Grade Counselor​​​​​​​