Guidance Counseling at Richfield Elementary School

Hello, my name is Drew Laucher and I have been the guidance counselor at Richfield Elementary School since August 2014.

I served as a High School Counselor at North Stanly High School for 9 years prior to coming to RES. I also taught for one year as a science and math teacher at Union Pines High School in Moore County. Before entering the field of education, I have worked as a field biologist, a non-profit program coordinator, a high-ropes instructor, an environmental educator, and a restorer of boats. I have a lot of interesting and varied experience in the world of work.

I hold a B.S. in Environmental and Biological Sciences from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan and a M.A. in Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have attained certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as a Counselor. I am also a non-practicing Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina.


My role at RES as the sole guidance counselor is split half and half between teaching classroom guidance and providing responsive counseling and administrative program services to the RES school community. 

As a counselor-teacher I see every K-5 classroom once per week for a 45 minute guidance lesson. Lessons are centered around the monthly character education theme.

September: Responsibility
October: Good Judgement
November: Self Discipline
December: Kindness
January: Perseverance
February: Respect
March: Citizenship
April: Integrity
May: Courage 

As a counselor-administrator I oversee school-wide programs such as coordinating student 504 plans under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Multi-Tiered System of Support team, the School Improvement Team, the Second Harvest Weekend Backpack Food Assistance Program, and coordinating with outside agencies for positive student outcomes. 

As a counselor I provide responsive services to students in crisis, community referrals for local mental health agencies, and individual and small group counseling to assist students in their personal, social, academic, and career development. 

What students choose to share with their counselor is protected by the Code of Confidentiality. This allows for the creation of a good therapeutic relationship and positive student-counselor rapport. Confidentiality is at the heart of the counselor-student relationship; without it, students cannot feel free to really open up and help us get tot eh bottom of their concerns. 

What students share with me is private--the student chooses whether or not I can disclose this information to other teachers, administrators, and parents.

The laws and ethics I am bound by as a Professional School Counselor require that confidentiality be broken in three specific instances:
  • Suspected child or elder abuse
  • Intent to harm another person
  • Intent to harm themselves
If any of the above situations arise, students will be informed of my duty to break confidentiality and proper procedures for reporting this information will be followed. It is my legal, moral, and ethical responsibility to adhere to this code.

Email is the preferred and most efficient method of contact:
Phone: 704-961-4800