Meet your Mental Health Support Staff!
We are available in your schools if you are concerned about your child's mental health or social/emotional well-being. Please contact your school counselor to discuss your concerns and they will make a referral to us if needed. We are excited to be able to support the children of Jackson County!
Amy Byrd, Mental Health Support
I am a Licensed Social Worker for Jackson County Schools. I began working for Jackson County Schools in December 2017. Prior to my employment with the school system, I was employed by the Jackson County Department of Human Resources. I grew up in Fort Payne, Alabama, and graduated from Fort Payne High School in 1994. I later went to Jacksonville State University and graduated with a degree in Social Work.
I am the mother of a fifteen-year-old son, Jaxson Riley. My time is best spent when I am with my family.
Laura Givens, Mental Health Support
This is my 3rd year with the Jackson County Board of Education. Prior to my role within the school system, I worked for the Alabama Department of Human Resources for 14 years and in childcare settings for several years. I grew up in Pisgah and was blessed to have the opportunity to move back home 6 years ago. I graduated from Pisgah High School in 2000 and graduated from the University of Alabama in 2004. I have been married to my husband ( Michael) for almost 15 years and we have 3 wonderful children; Kenyde (age 13), Leyton (age 11), and Lylliana (age 11). We enjoy spending time together as a family, traveling together (our favorites include Daytona Beach and the Great Smokey Mountains), and attending church. We love Alabama football.
Alyson Williamson, Mental Health Support and Mental Health Services Coordinator
I have been working with the Jackson County Board of Education since 2005. Prior to my current role, I was the Special Services Counselor in the school system. Before joining the Board of Education, I was employed at Mountain Lakes Behavioral Healthcare as a therapist and Group Home/Case Manager supervisor and Decatur-Morgan Mental Health Center as a Children's Day Treatment therapist. I grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and graduated from Grissom High School. I graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor's in Psychology and a master's of arts in Community Counseling. I moved to Scottsboro in 1993. I have been married to my husband (Kip) for 29 years. We have two beautiful daughters, Kayla and Abby. We also have a son-in-law, Chris.
We also have 3 school-based mental health therapists available in our school system:
Chloe Johnson with Limestone Counseling Services out of Fort Payne, Alabama
Perris Hobbs with Mountain Lakes Behavioral Healthcare in Scottsboro, Alabama
Shaquitta Sabb with Mountain Lakes Behavioral Healthcare in Scottsboro, Alabama