Courtney Ellis & Kate Fierce
Courtney Ellis ‘02 - US Counselor / AP Psychology Teacher After working in private practice as a Mental Health Counselor for 10 years, Courtney returned to her alma mater to serve as the Counselor to the 9-12th grade Shorecrest Upper School. A Class of 2002 alumna, Courtney is now teaching AP Psychology, a class she herself took as a student at Shorecrest! Ms. Ellis received her B.S. in Family, Youth, and Community Services from the University of Florida, and her Masters in Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary. Courtney joined the Shorecrest faculty in 2018. During the facilities closure Courtney is continuing to teach and support students while social distancing with her 4-year-old, 2-year-old, 70 lbs dog, and husband of 12 years. Kate Fierce - LS/MS Counselor Kate Fierce is the school counselor in the Lower and Middle Schools at Shorecrest Preparatory School, as well as a specialist and consultant in social and emotional learning (SEL). She has been a school counselor for fifteen years, in both suburban and urban settings. From the beginning of her career, she has shared her passion for helping children develop into capable, resilient, empathetic and independent learners; Kate works with students, faculty, and families. In addition to supporting Shorecrest faculty in incorporating effective SEL strategies into their teaching, Kate provides coaching and training to faculty and schools across Florida and the country. She received an B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University and a M.S.Ed in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania. Kate joined the Shorecrest faculty in 2012. While practicing social distancing Kate is streaming online workouts, cooking from scratch, coworking with her two cats, and missing seeing her students in person.
A Letter to the Shorecrest Adult Community:
Our daily lives have changed in ways that might have been unimaginable even a week ago. We are all feeling a wide range of emotions as a result of the changes in our lives due to COVID-19: anxiety, sadness, anger, loss, loneliness, frustration, maybe even irritation. These emotions are, of course, very normal human reactions to such an extraordinary circumstance.
Empathy in Schools