DR. SAMELA REID
The lessons my parents conveyed to me as a child remain with me today. My parents
always reminded my sisters and me that they loved us, but God loved us most;
cleanliness was next to Godliness; and, hard work would come with a reward. Growing
up, I spent a great deal of time memorizing bible verses for Sunday School and learning
poems that my mother recited daily. “Once a task is first begun, never leave it til it’s
done. Be the task great or small; do it well, or not at all.” Her second favorite was “I
would rather see a sermon than hear one any day…” We listened to music, my parent’s
music…love songs and gospel music. “I will trust in the Lord until I die;” and “Jesus is
best thing that ever happened to me” were regulars; and, of course their favorite song
by Sam Cooke. “You Send Me.” My parents and church leaders were my first teachers.
My teachers at school were third.
Family is very important to me. I am the daughter of the late Samuel and Francine
Tucker. I am divorced and the proud mother of three children: Lauren, Alexander and
Zachary; and, three grandchildren Myla, Alexander II and Harvey.
My formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the
University of Georgia; a Master of Science Degree in Guidance and Counseling; and, a
Specialist Degree in Guidance and Counseling both from the Fort Valley State University
and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. Having come full
circle, I completed my Education Leadership Certification through the University of
Prior to serving as an Assistant Principal with Gwinnett County Public Schools, I served
as a high school counselor for 22 years. Prior to working as a high school counselor, I
worked as a Social Worker. The pinnacle of my counseling career was being recognized
as 2017 Gwinnett County High School Counselor of the Year and 2017 Georgia School
Counselor of the Year.
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to help others. My passion is to see
others grow…physically, socially, spiritually, and emotionally. I look forward to meeting
you and helping you on your journey.
Memberships & Affiliations
Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and
Family Therapists: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) #LPC008143