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Hello Island Montessori Families!

Students are welcome to come by my office anytime. I also have referral forms located outside my office door in the event I have stepped away. Parents are welcome to contact me as well via email or by phone (910-795-4860, option #4), or by submitting an online referral.

All the Best,



What a Counselor Does

  • Strives to promote a positive and safe school climate for ALL students.

  • Assists students in achieving academic, personal, social/emotional and career success.

  • Meets individually with students to discuss challenges they might be experiencing.

  • Facilitates small group sessions in a variety of themes such as: study/organization skills, friendship/social skills, self-esteem building, anger management, stress management & healthy living, Diversity/Tolerance of others, etc.

  • Conducts classroom guidance lessons that are evidenced based and that align with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Standards.

  • Collaborates with parents, teachers, administration, support staff and community stakeholders to ensure student success

  • Provides a confidential, safe and non-judgmental environment where student feel open to share.

Mackenzie R. Pereira 

I was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC and came to Wilmington to attend UNCW where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Health. Upon graduation, I traveled as a Leadership Coach to colleges and universities, promoting leadership skills with individuals and organizations. Traveling the country was incredible, however, I was ready to pursue my true passion working with children in an education setting! I received my Master's of Education in Professional School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UNC Pembroke. I have always had a passion for working with children and a love for promoting mental well-being, which is what led me to choose a career in school counseling. I like to incorporate solution-focused, person-centered, and choice theories in my counseling practice. I will always meet your child where they are, and motivate them to unlock their potential! In my free time you can almost always find me at the beach, but I also love to watch sports, practice yoga, listen to music, and explore new places! 

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