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About poppymoon@gmail.com

Dr. Poppy Moon is a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified School Counselor. She graduated magna cum laude from Centenary College of Louisiana with a BS degree in Chemistry and a minor in French. She obtained her masters degree in Counselor Education from Texas A & M Commerce. Dr. Moon attended the University of Alabama to earn her Ph.D. in Counselor Education, focusing on child and adolescent issues. This year Dr. Moon was honored to be selected as the 2015 Alabama Elementary School Counselor of the Year. Dr. Moon is an accomplished author and illustrator of guidance related games, books, and DVDs. Operation Breaking the Boy Code & Operation Breaking the Girl Code, Operation Breaking the Middle School Code, Kicky the Mean Chick, How to Be a Bully - NOT!, and Good Friends/Bad Friends & How to Know the Difference are just some of her creations. Dr. Moon was thrilled to receive a Mom’s Choice Gold Award for her book that she both wrote and illustrated, The School with No Rules. Two other books she illustrated, Brad Takes a Bite Out of Meanness and Princess Priscilla and the Bully Bee Day both received Mom’s Choice Silver Awards. Her first game, Snoots Toots! A Kids Guide to Empathy & Manners, received a Dr. Toy Best Game Award. Dr. Moon was selected as the University of West Alabama Elementary School Counselor of the Year in 2013. Her company, Out of This World Productions, creates streaming guidance media for counselors and teachers. OTWP produced all the digital material for the Cengage text Counseling Children. She believes that her goal in life is to help counselors be better counselors. She says, “There is magic in what we do. We change lives." Dr. Moon resides in Tuscaloosa, where she is a professor at the University of West Alabama. She lives with her imagination, a weenie dog named Snoots, and four amazing cats.

Interview Tips for School Counselors

Here are some tips & ideas for interviews: Let them know how passionate you are about counseling. Tell them that one of your weaknesses might be planning a comprehensive program, but that you are up to the challenge with the … Continue reading

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About Dr. Moon

Listen to Dr. Moon talk about how she became a school counselor.

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The Importance of Self Care

I think that all counselors MUST have an outlet that honors their spirit. Counselors must remember to take time for themselves. I honor myself by taking photographs. I like the idea of being able to capture a moment of time, … Continue reading

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Mrs. McCain – 3rd Grade

My grandmother was a third grade teacher.  This was way back in the day when teachers were respected by both parents & students.  Mrs. McCain ran a tight ship.  As you can see by her yearbook photo, she does NOT … Continue reading

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How Dr. Moon Creates a Lesson

One of my students asked me: Our school system is requiring all teachers to complete a minimum of one lesson concerning suicide with our students. Our counselor went through some basic information with us in about 10 minutes at a … Continue reading

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I Listen Lesson: TALKING

  This lesson focuses on talking.  Students will make a pocket book that will teach them how to react in uncomfortable situations!

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I Listen Lesson: LYING PART 2

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I Listen Lesson: WORDS & FEAR

Most adults shy away from talking about issues regarding race, ethnicity, and religion.  This is because they don’t know what to say, afraid to cause “a stir”, or feel as if they are alone in discussing these issues. Students need … Continue reading

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Free Poster! All Children Are Worthy

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All Children are Worthy!

Due to recent political events, school counselors are in an unusual position.  We are the heart of the school, and it is up to us to educate both our faculty and students on proper behavior. Talking about what is happening … Continue reading

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