Leigh Bagwell

Leigh Bagwell


Dr. Leigh Bagwell most recently served as the Director of School Counseling Services at the Tennessee Department of Education. She led transformational work in school counseling throughout the state through the revision of the school counseling model and standards, the creation of a regional peer-support network, and the launch of a dedicated communications channel for counselors, supervisors and administrators. As a school counseling leader, her mission is to provide school counselors with the training and resources needed to deliver high quality, student driven, data-informed comprehensive school counseling programs to all students. She believes counselors and school leaders need to work together to ensure that all students have access to the opportunities and supports they need to successfully move through their elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education into their chosen career.

In addition to her work in Tennessee, Leigh has shared her experiences and knowledge with school counselors and school counseling leaders in Georgia, Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Michigan as well as working with the American School Counselor Association. Leigh recently earned her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Tennessee and is working as a school counseling consultant. Leigh has authored two books in the 15 Minute Focus SeriesAnxiety: Worry, Stress, and Fear and Self-Harm and Self-Injury: When Emotional Pain Becomes Physical and served as an editorial consultant on several SEL children’s books.  Her experience includes working as a school counselor and school counselor supervisor in both suburban and urban school districts.

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