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).

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.

Parent Resources


Each of the following are links to articles that discuss different topics within Montessori and EC Children

Heily Aktuglu-McGowan

I am super excited to have the privilege to work as the school counselor at Island Montessori! I LOVE what I do, and it is a great honor to help students on their academic journey. I am a NC Licensed School Counselor. My counseling approach utilizes techniques structured around Positive Psychology & Solution Focused/Strength-Based frameworks. I also like to incorporate Nature Therapy and Humor when working with children. My goal is to bring your child’s BEST SELF to light! Let’s have a Fantastic Year!!

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Island Montessori School

Preschool & Charter K-8 
6339 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

Charter K-8: 910.795.4860

Preschool: 910.796.3003

fax: 910.550.3767