Pace Academy is dedicated to supporting the whole child. Through our guidance counseling program, we strive to assist the young people in our care as they endeavor to become successful students and, ultimately, thriving citizens of the world. Students' social-emotional growth is a vital part of that journey.
Counselors in our Lower, Middle and Upper Schools provide guidance and support to students, parents and faculty. The counselors' role is not only to help members of the Pace community navigate difficult life situations when they arise, but also to provide education and tools on an ongoing basis so community members are better equipped to face these challenges.
Pace Academy is committed to establishing and maintaining a nurturing, safe and positive learning environment for all students. Our counselors work with multidisciplinary teams to effectively address the academic, personal and social needs of all students. The counseling program strives to promote healthy development and emotional well-being among students, families, and faculty in the Pace community through education and specific initiatives.
As professional counselors, we believe that...
- All persons have dignity and worth.
- All persons deserve love, support and the fulfillment of basic needs.
- Persons of all ethnic, cultural, sexual and racial identities have the right to be respected.
- All students have the potential to achieve their goals and the abilities to function at their best.
- All persons deserve to discover and use their unique voices to empower themselves and others.
- All students have the right to be heard so that the needs of individual students and the collective student body are met.
- All students should be taught coping skills to deal with challenges they may face.
- All persons should be provided a variety of intellectual, social, mental, collective and physical resources to develop holistically.
As counselors, we...
- Support the academic mission and vision of the school.
- Advocate for safe schools and foster a nurturing school environment.
- Take an unbiased and open-minded approach to working with students.
- Follow ethical guidelines to ensure the well-being of all students, faculty and staff.
- Are knowledgeable of the school and community resources and how these might be used to benefit students, teachers and families.
- Work with our faculty, administration and support staff to meet the community's mental health needs.
- Assist classroom teachers as needed to ensure the best academic experience and performance of all students.
FOR PACE STUDENTS, WE PROVIDE...
- A safe environment in which to talk confidentially with a licensed mental health professional
- Character education classes to promote positive personal growth, mental wellness and community values
- Classes and education around prominent mental health issues impacting the community
- Developmentally appropriate programs to educate students about emotional health and wellness
- An environment that promotes self-care and the care of others
- A liaison between outside mental health professionals and the school
- Referrals to community resources if needed
- An on-campus advocate for mental health issues or stressors
FOR PACE PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS, WE PROVIDE...
- Guidance and programming around issues affecting families and their children
- Educational opportunities to support children at their respective developmental stages
- Emotional support
- Referrals to community resources as needed
- Additional resources via the Pace LEAD and Parenting Connection sections of MYPACE (login required)
FOR PACE FACULTY AND STAFF, WE PROVIDE...
- Consulting with faculty on how best to support students so that they can thrive in the classroom
- Professional development and educational opportunities around topics related to the social and emotional needs (emotional development and mental health) of students at each division
Lower School Counselor
404-262-1345 ext 463
Dr. Christi Bartolomucci
Dr. Bartolomucci is the founder and clinical director of Atlanta Innovative Counseling Center and specializes in working with children, adolescents and families struggling with difficulties ranging from anxiety and depression to perfectionism, body image and ADHD.
Dr. Bartolomucci is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and her M.Ed. in Community Counseling from the University of Georgia. She completed a pre-doctoral internship in Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center. Her post-doctoral fellowship was completed in Pediatric Psychology at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Bartolomucci has been in private practice in the Atlanta area since 2003.
Along with direct clinical work, Dr. Bartolomucci is passionate about training and supervision of newer therapists, as well as sharing mental health information through community-based presentations. She has professional affiliations with the Georgia Psychological Association and the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia.
Dr. Bartolomucci is available to meet with students, parents and caregivers to provide various counseling services. To make an appointment, please contact the counselor from your child’s division: Amelia Harmon (Upper School), Lele Fallon (Middle School) or Ashley Zomalt (Lower School).