Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Felicia Gardner

Counselor for grades Pre-K - K- 1st-2nd-3rd

My husband Jaime and I live in Fairhope and have two children. They both attend Fairhope High School. Teal is a senior and Cooper is a freshman. We love spending time outdoors and watching Auburn sports. 

I have been in education for 25 years. I received my BS in Early Childhood Education from Auburn University. I taught mainly third grade for 22 years, then earned my Masters in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. I have enjoyed being in education and getting to know all my students. 

Vision Statement

The students of J. Larry Newton seize opportunities to achieve their own greatness. All students have and use the skills necessary to be successful in academic, social, emotional, and occupational endeavors as productive members of society. They see their own worth and potential while empowering others around them. 

Mission Statement

The J. Larry Newton Comprehensive School Counseling Program uses data to prepare all students for academic, social, emotional, and post-secondary opportunities. The school counselors collaborate to serve as leaders and advocates for access, equity, and success for all students. Through collaboration with faculty, staff, families, and the community, this program empowers all students to unleash their greatness within.  


  • Each student has his or her own worth and greatness. 

  • Each student can achieve success in academics, emotional, social, and occupational endeavors.  

  • All students have the right to a safe and supportive school environment that promotes leadership and learning.  

  • School counselors advocate for access, equity, and post-secondary success for all students.  

  • The comprehensive school counseling program is data-driven with intentionality by developing program goals that focus on individual student needs. 

  • School counselors follow the ASCA Ethical Standards and plan lessons based on the Student Attitudes and Essential Skills. 

  • School counselors are leaders and collaborate with all stakeholders to enhance student outcomes.  



Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Loni Burgess

My name is Loni Burgess and I have an undergraduate degree in Public and Community Health Education and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of West Florida.  I also have a master’s and specialist degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama.  I have been in education for 18 years and love seeing students grow academically, socially, and personally.  As a school counselor, I have worked with elementary through high school students and previously taught high school special education for twelve years. 

My family moved to Alabama in 2019. We are originally from Pensacola, FL.  My husband, Joe is a detective with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Department.  We have four children; Carson (23), Marissa (18), Serenity (17), and Jamison (10).  We love spending time at the beach or in the pool, family game nights, watching documentaries, and spending time in Pensacola with our family and friends.


Counselor for Grades: 4th-5th-6th