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Benjamin Rush Middle School
1601 N. Sexton St. - Rushville, IN 46173 • Ph: 765-932-2968 Fax: 765-938-2011
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Ms. Amy Hedrick, School Guidance Counselor
Ms. Hedrick has 11 years experience as a school counselor and has been at Benjamin Rush Middle School for 9 years. She previously worked for 2 years as a school counselor at Morristown Jr. Sr. High School and for 13 years as an English teacher at Batesville High School. Ms. Hedrick has a BA in English from Hanover College and a MS in school services from the University of West Alabama.

Mrs. Jessica Mastin, Student Assistance Counselor
Mrs. Mastin has been a Special Education Aide at BRMS for two years. Mrs. Mastin has a BA in Sociology from Hanover College. Prior coming to BRMS, Mrs. Mastin spent over two years working for the Indiana Department of Child Services. Additionally, Mrs. Mastin spent three years working with children and youth placed in therapeutic foster care services at Centerstone. Mrs. Mastin spent two years working as a substitute teacher, lunch supervisor, and lead extended day staff member at the Montessori School of Durham in North Carolina. While at the Richmond Friends School, Mrs. Mastin worked in the office as a substitute teacher and after school care and summer camp staff member. She also worked as a substitute teacher and Speech Therapist Assistant in the New Castle Community School Corporation. Mrs. Mastin spent over five years working for a non-profit organization providing direct care as well as supervising a community based services program in central and southern Indiana. Mrs. Mastin served a year in the AmeriCorps Program with Habitat For Humanity of Washington D.C. 

Counseling Office
BRMS students may request to talk to a counselor by filling out a yellow Counselor Request Form (available in all classrooms, in the front lobby & on the Guidance and Student Services home page) and submitting the form at the Front Desk. The BRMS Guidance Office is open M, Tu, Th, F 8:00 am-3:30 pm and W 8:00 am-2:30 pm.

A School Counselor DOES: A School Counselor DOES NOT:
  • Work with all students to encourage a safe school climate of trust and respect.
  • Meet individually with students to do brief, solution-focused counseling.
  • Help struggling students to make positive choices.
  • Collaborate with parents/guardians, teachers, support staff, and administration.
  • Maintain confidentiality of students and their families unless there is a safety concern.
  • Provide information and education about student academic and social-emotional needs.
  • Work with only certain segments of the school population.
  • Facilitate therapy groups.
  • Meet individually with students to do long term, mental health counseling/therapy.
  • Handle discipline issues.
  • Share information about students and their families in a nonprofessional nature.
  • Interfere with classroom management.