About myself: 

I am a graduate of East Rowan High School.  I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from Catawba College where I was a First Family Scholar.  I received my Master's degree in Counseling from UNC-Charlotte.  Part of my Master's training was a 1 1/2 year internship at East Rowan High School.  I was hired full-time in 1997, with my time being split between Erwin Middle and Granite Quarry Elementary.  My desire was to be assigned to only one school and in January of 1998 my wish came true.  I have been the School Counselor at Faith Elementary ever since.  

Contact Information:


Phone- 704-279-3195

Fax- 704-279-2469

My role as the School Counselor:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Assist teachers with classroom guidance
  • Teach guidance lessons based on classroom and student needs
  • Coordinate the MTSS process
  • Coordinate referrals to School Social Worker
  • Coordinate the 504 process
  • Coordinate the Homebound process
  • Co-Coordinate the McKenney-Vento Program
  • Coordinate the Olweus (Bullying Prevention) program
  • Perform academic and behavioral observations
  • Create Functional Behavior Plans and Behavior Intervention Plans for general education students
  • Coordinate services with various community agencies

Bullying Prevention:
Unfortunately, many kids face bullying each day.  Many children believe that adults can't --or won't-- help.  

Research shows that bullying problems can be greatly reduced, but only when school staff work with students to tackle the problem.  Our school implements the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program to help create a positive, safe, and bullying-free learning environment for all students.

As part of this program, student's in your child's class will learn new skills to help them build friendships and deal with bullying.  Following are some topics covered in the program.
  • Making friends.
  • Joining group activities.
  • Managing conflicts.
  • Recognizing, refusing, and reporting bullying.  
To report a case of bullying at our school, please speak with the student's teacher, an administrator, or the School Counselor.  You may also visit the following site to report the incident online:  www.sprigeo.com.  

A note about school attendance:
Students are allowed 20 absences a year and still be eligible for promotion.  However, even a few crucial days of absence can make a difference in a student's academic performance.  

10 Reasons for Good Attendance:
  • Children with good attendance are more likely to do well in school.
  • Children are more likely to develop important skills when they have good attendance.
  • Children who have a lot of absences are less likely to fulfill their full potential as students.
  • Children with good attendance are more likely to do well on standardized tests.
  • If your child attends school regularly, he or she is less likely to drop out of high school.
  • Good attendance can lead to college and a good job.
  • Children with good attendance are more likely to get along with others.
  • Good attendance goes hand-in-hand with better behavior.
  • Children with fewer absences are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs.
  • Good attendance means more money for schools.  Some federal funding for schools is based on school attendance data.

What can I do to help my child behave better at school?

What happens at home affects what happens at school.  And although you can't be with your child in the classroom, there's plenty you can do to ensure that she behaves properly there.  For example:
  • Start off right.  Your child's school day begins at home, so start it on a positive note.  After breakfast, give your child a hug.  Tell your child how proud you are of him/her.  By the time the bus pulls up, your child will be feeling great.
  • Pack a healthy lunch.  Don't fill your child's lunchbox with junk.  Offer nutritious, energy-rich foods.  They will help your child concentrate in class and keep him/her primed to learn.
  • Adopt an after-school ritual.  Set aside 10 - 20 minutes when you do nothing but listen as your child talks about his/her day. Don't sort mail.  Don't start dinner.  Just be there for your child.  If there are problems in class, your child may talk about them.
  • Let your child do his/her own homework.  Give your child a quiet space to work, then let him/her get busy.  You'll be showing your child that, just like at school, it's important to work independently at home.  
  • Be a partner in your child's education.  Both you and the teacher have your child's best interest at heart.  So be a team.  Never talk negatively about his/her teacher in front of your child.  It may cause your child to lose respect for the teacher.