Middle School Counseling

The Middle School Counseling Program is specifically designed to provide academic, social and emotional support to students and parents and to support successful transitions into, through and out of middle school. 

Students and parents can arrange appointments by contacting the counselors directly. Meetings can take place before, during, or after school.

Examples of some of the services our counselors offer include the following:

  • Meeting individually with students - we help students think through their ideas to find answers to questions and solutions to challenges, and we meet at least once a year with each student related to their goals and how school is going
  • Hosting Counselor Coffees - regular parent-led, counselor-guided topical conversations; sometimes these will be about specific topics, and other times they will be book studies where we review chapters together after we have read them
  • Guiding transitional activities - new student orientation/luncheons, new family orientation, transitions to middle and high school, departing student/family activities and meetings
  • Leading Peer Ambassadors - a club for middle school students who want to support their peers through welcoming new students and leading awareness activities of interest to students
  • Providing parent support - meet with parents to address the current needs of their child at school
  • Leading student groups - need-based groups related to specific, shared topics

Meet the Counselors


Joe George
Grades 6 & 7 Counselor

Michigan State University, B.A.: Maj. History, Min. English
Michigan State University, M.A.: Curriculum and Teaching
University of Detroit-Mercy, M.A.: School Counseling

Licensed Professional Counselor

Level 3-certified Child Protection Officer

Certified Crisis Responder


Joe George has spent over 20 years in education as a middle school counselor, a high school social studies teacher, and a coach, having had the pleasure of working with diverse people from around the world. This is his eleventh year at AAS, and he is looking forward to working with you.

oe is a solution-focused, relationship-based counselor who believes that it is faster, more effective, and less painful to face challenges with support. He proactively works with all students in Grades 6 and 7, striving to nurture students’ educational, career, personal and social development. Although much of Joe’s job focuses upon common, age-appropriate issues like organization, study skills, stress management, and conflict resolution, he has experience working with issues like anxiety, depression, self-injury, eating disorders, and substance abuse.

If you (or a family member) feel that what you are doing is not getting the desired results, want to think about ways to thrive in Moscow, and/or simply need to find unknown information, please send Joe an email. 

Lauren Zimmerman     

Lauren Zimmerman
Grades 8 & 9 Counselor

Plymouth State University: B.S. Social Work with minors in Psychology and Anthropology/Sociology
Plymouth State University:M.Ed.Counselor Education: Human Relations
Postgraduate Work: School Counseling and Play Therapy


Lauren Zimmerman’s professional career has always included working with children and families. Her background is varied having experience working at Head Start programs and residential facilities for children, working as a trained Youth and Family Mediator, serving as a caseworker completing family studies for adoptions, running drug and alcohol prevention programs, coordinating church youth programs, facilitating workshops on child abuse and sexual harassment and for 14 years now, working as a school counselor across all divisions.

Lauren enjoys working in the school environment as she feels that it provides a broader perspective on child behavior that allows her to be better able to provide the appropriate support and guidance for students and their families.

Lauren came to AAS from Bangladesh where she spent 3 years working with students in grades 6-9 as their school counselor. Providing transitional support is a key component of every counselor’s work in international schools but particularly as students move between divisions. Providing consistency, education, information and skill development assists students as they mature and prepare for their next step in their learning journey.

Lauren is committed to helping students successfully navigate these middle and high school years. This is her second year at AAS.


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