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Counselors Corner



The counselors at Ocean Springs Upper Elementary hope you find our new website helpful and full of information. It is our mission to assist every student in acquiring skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to become successful students, responsible citizens, productive workers, and lifelong learners in a global society.  The counseling program promotes and facilitates academic, personal/social, and career development so that every student is empowered to realize his or her full potential.


We are very fortunate to have a counselor per grade level!  Each counselor provides classroom guidance lessons that pertain to their student and teacher needs.  We also hold individual and group sessions daily and adhere to the American School Counselor Association Guidelines.  The students take turns attending lunch bunches to work on various topics such as careers and social skills.  Lastly, each counselor is a part of a multidisciplinary team attending and holding TST and English Learner meetings.



Marianne Hurt

4th Grade


I am the 4th grade school counselor at OSUE.  I am from Corinth, Mississippi, and I have lived in Ocean Springs since 1999.  I am a National Board Certified Counselor and a National Board Certified School Counselor.  I earned a bachelor’s degree in 1984 from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree from Loyola University of New Orleans in 1988.  I am married to Stan Hurt (aka Stan the Tile Man), and I have two wonderful children (Cal Cossich  and Anne Marie Hurt), a fantastic daughter-in-law (Courtney Cossich), and a wonderful gradson, Cal IV.  This is my 9th year as counselor at OSUE.  I have been both a classroom teacher and a school counselor in Louisiana and Mississippi for many years, and I look forward to a wonderful 2020-21 school year.  

Pam Hurd

5th Grade


I am the 5th grade school counselor at OSUE. I earned a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree from William Carey University.   I am married to Cedrick Hurd and have two wonderful children, Jay and Jaxon Hurd.  I have 15 years of experience as both a classroom teacher and school counselor in Mississippi.  I am also a National Board Certified Counselor and National Board Certified School Counselor.  I look forward to a wonderful 2020-2021 school year. 









Kate Matchett

6th Grade

Ms. Kate  Matchett`s profile pictureGreetings Greyhounds! I am Ms. Matchett, the 6th grade school counselor at OSUE, and I am so excited to guide your child to academic, and social/emotional success! I attended college at The University of Southern Mississippi where I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in English Literature. I later pursued my Master’s degree in School Counseling Education and graduated in 2017. I have been working to change students' lives ever since, and I am passionate about counseling students to their greatest potential.  I have four years of experience teaching 7th grade English and four years of school counseling experience. This is my third year being a part of the Greyhound Nation, and I am excited to connect with all of the students and families of Ocean Springs!  
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