School Counselor

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Bess Truman Primary Center! Let me introduce myself to you. My name is Russell Ball and I am the School Counselor at both Bess Truman Primary Center and Harry S Truman Elementary. This will be my sixth year working as a School Counselor. Before that, I taught elementary music for fourteen years at both Bess Truman and Harry S Truman.

Each class will be having counseling class every other week. Some of the topics we will be discussing will include how to get along with others, how to be a friend, responsibilities of being a great student and following our Cardinal Code. You will find a copy of our Cardinal Code on the back of this page.

Individual counseling services are available for students so they have a safe and confidential environment to express their feelings and concerns. When I work with students one-on-one, we may simply talk about what is on their mind or it can be more structured with activities or games that concentrate on areas of concern.

On behalf of the Bess Truman faculty and staff, we hope this will be an exciting year with lots of learning opportunities and fun activities to help your child feel successful.

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to give me a call at 673-6055 or I can be reached by email at

Looking forward to a Great Year!


Russell Ball, PSC

School Counselor

Truman Schools