Laurel VanZandt


8th Grade Counselor

662.349.6660 ex. 110

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Hi and Welcome to my page!

My name is Laurel VanZandt. I am from Meridian, MS, but have lived in the Memphis area for the past 5 years. I am the 8th grade counselor at DeSoto Central Middle School.  I am also the school's 504 coordinator and take care of 504 plans for students in grade levels 6-8. This is my sixth year working at DCMS. 

I am here to help students tackle various issues that may arise in their lives. These issues include things such as academics, staying organized, peers, self-esteem/body image concerns, emotional struggles, family/home troubles. 

Some hobbies of mine include enjoying many outside activities, shopping, crafting, going to sporting events, traveling, and spending time with friends & family. I am also a big fan of Slim Chickens, Starbucks, pizza, reality tv, and all types of music!

I am looking forward to  FANTASTIC year working with you and your student(s)!

        Ways to reach me:

Email-   Please use the contact form above

Phone-  662-349-6660, ext. 110


Please visit the Counselor Corner page for more information :)





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