J. Douglas Adams Middle School

Online Safety

Cyberbullying is the use of technology - cell phones, texts, computers, emails, chats, etc. - to make someone feel bad or unsafe.  It can include sending mean or threatening messages, spreading rumors, purposely leaving people out, impersonating others to embarrass them, and many more.  It is extremely damaging and harmful with victims suffering from low self-esteem, lack of confidence, and depression. 

There are websites to help your teen and young adult fully understand online safety, cyberbullying, and how to protect themselves from cyber attacks:





Counselors Corner Home


Hello and Welcome to Adams Middle School's Counseling website!  

As your counselors, our goal is to support the academic success of all students.  We work with students to assist them with academic, career, personal, social, and emotional concerns.  We also work with students and families to support students in any way ranging from behavior concerns, communicating with outside therapists and agencies, and successfully transitioning our students on to high school and beyond. 

Students can come by anytime to see us to make an appointment or drop in if we are available.  Parents and guardians, please feel free to call or email if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to set up a time to meet to discuss your student.

Students in grades 6 -8 are assigned to counselors by last name, as listed:

Last Names A-L: Mr. Harrell

Last Names M-Z: Mrs. Todoroff

We are looking forward to a wonderful year here at Adams and working with all of our students and their families!

All our best,

Lauren Todoroff & David Harrell
School Counselors 

Good Study Habits

*Complete homework in a centralized location in the home. This way you can easily monitor your student and help keep them on track. Their bedroom is full of distractions and studies show it is not an effective place for learning.

*Work on homework/studying in 20 minute intervals. Studies show we cannot maintain focus for much longer than 20 minutes at a time. For example, work on an assignment for 20 minutes, take a 6-7 minute break. Take out the garbage, go for a brisk walk, then get back to work! Get your body moving.

*All cell phones should be placed on silent and put away during homework/studying time. Every time a student checks their phone-makes completing the task at hand that much longer!

*Try to complete homework as soon as you get home from school/your after-school activities. The later you wait in the day to complete assignments, the more tired you are.

*It's often a good idea to complete the hardest/least favored subject homework first. Pushing it until the end only drags out the anguish! 


Contact Us!

Mr. David Harrell

Counselor A-L

Phone: (925) 513-6480 x4483

Email: dharrell@brentwood.k12.ca.us

Hours: 7:30am-3pm


Mrs. Lauren Todoroff

Counselor M-Z

Phone: (925) 513-6480 x4482

Email: ltodoroff@brentwood.k12.ca.us

Hours: 7:30am-3pm


**For ALL student scheduling needs, please contact Mr. Harrell. Mrs. Todoroff does not have access to make schedule changes.

Mission Statement

As a Counseling Department, it is our mission to support students academically, personally, and socially and prepare students for high school and post-secondary options.  It is our intention to provide all students with the necessary and appropriate skills to make a positive difference in the world and become life-long learners

Our goals:

  • To provide a comprehensive counseling program by aligning with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model.
  • Support all students with individual and group programs and counseling.
  • Proved appropriate resources, referrals, presentations, and responses to requests in a timely manner.