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Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary
270 Crittenden-Mt. Zion Road
Dry Ridge, KY 41035
Phone:: 859-428-2171

Counselor Contact

[email protected]

A little about Ms. Gena…

My name is Gena True and it is my privilege to serve our CMZ family as the school counselor.  You may have known me as the Reading Intervention teacher for the past two years and before coming back to CMZ (I actually attended Kindergarten here many moons ago) I taught in schools throughout Ohio, New England, California, and Japan.  Grant County is my hometown and I’m humbled by the opportunity to work alongside our community, teachers, administrators, and school support staff as we help all students develop and enhance their academic, social, career and personal strengths in order to become responsible and productive citizens.

Counseling Mission and Vision

The vision of the Crittenden Mt. Zion Elementary counseling program is that all students will achieve their individual level of academic success and social emotional growth.  They will develop goals and learn how to attain those goals as they look ahead to a future aligned with their unique interests and abilities. Our hope is that students will leave CMZ prepared to function as cooperative, responsible members of the community - showing empathy, compassion and self-control.


I share the belief that “In order to be successful in and out of school, students need to learn a set of social and emotional competencies—cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control—and a set of academic competencies—academic mindset, perseverance, learning strategies, and academic behaviors.” 

- The Responsive Classroom

I believe that, to the greatest extent possible, all students should have access to quality education that meets their individual needs and abilities.  Fostering an environment of cooperation and building positive relationships throughout the school community will enhance the personal growth and potential for our students to develop into responsible, respectful citizens.

Resources for Families

Counselor Request Form - parent referral

Student Referral Form 

Scholastic Parent Resources

Tips for Helping Anxious Children

American School Counselor Association

Children's Mental Health

Kids and Mental Health

National Alliance for Grieving Children

PBS Resources for Parents

Classroom Ideas and Strategies for Kids with ADD and Learning Disabilities

We Do Listen Parent Resources

Responsive Teacher Resources

ABI Behavioral Health

All God's Children

Arbor Youth Services

Brighton Center

Gateway Children's Services

KY Dept. of Education Role of the School Counselor

"What does the school counselor do?"

Solutions Focused Brief Therapy

Crisis Hotlines:
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HELP to 741741
  • National Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1.800.799.7233
  • SAMHSA's Disaster Distress:
    • Hotline: 1.800.985.5990
    • Text: TalkWithUs to 66746

Mental Health Crisis Resources:
  • NorthKey Stabilization Line: 859.331.3292
  • The Ridge Crisis Line: 1.800.753.4673
  • Our Lady of Peace Lexington: 859.313.3515
  • Sun Behavioral Health: 859.446.0115

Community Mental Health Services:
  • The Ridge: 859.269.2325 
  • North Key: 859.824.4442
  • Bluegrass Behavioral: 859.360.3006
  • Holly Hill: 859.442.8500 or 859.653.0500
  • Mebs & Associates: 859.835.2573
  • NECCO: 859.594.4510
  • Kentucky Intensive Family Services: 859.647.0787
  • Sun Behavioral Health: 859.446.0115
  • The Brook: 502.426.6380
  • Restoration Counseling-Cathleen Donahue: 859.382.0132
  • Kentucky Counseling Center: 855.591.0092
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