Michelle Isenhour

School Counselor

Mrs. Michelle Isenhour

I have been a school counselor for the past 18 years, and have been at Oxford since 2008. I was born and raised in Catawba County, and graduated from Bandys High School. I attended CVCC and Appalachian State and received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. I attended graduate school at Lenoir-Rhyne, where I received my Master's degree in School and Agency Counseling. I also achieved NBPTS for School Counseling in 2005.

I wanted to work with children, so I felt the best place to do this was in a school setting. I LOVE being a school counselor, and I love all my students! I am married and I have two Dachshunds and a cat! I love animals, nature, and the BEACH!!!

The Oxford School Counseling Program

I believe that ALL students should be served by an effective school counseling program!

I serve all our students by working with them in the classroom, often referred to as "Classroom Guidance". My lesson topics include social skills, career awareness, and academic skills. Some of my favorite topics to teach are anti-bullying, friendship, tattletelling, and drug awareness. I also coordinate school-wide celebrations such as Red Ribbon Week(Say No to Drugs/Alcohol!) and College & Career Week.

I meet with students in individual and small group counseling sessions as needed. I address many different issues, ranging from personal / family issues to peer relationship problems. Students can self-refer, or be referred by a parent or teacher. All counseling sessions are confidential. I also consult with our teachers and staff to assist students who are struggling with academic or behavioral issues in the classroom. I am a member of our MTSS team, which plans intervention and instruction for students who are struggling, and facilitates the referral of students to our Exceptional Children's program, if necessary. I also assist in the development of Section 504 plans for students with health conditions impacting thier learning.

I collaborate with multiple outside agencies to help address other needs of students, such as food, clothing, or facilitating mental health services. I am the school coordinator of our weekend food backpack program from Catawba County DSS and Bethel Lutheran Church. I work closely with our school social worker, Dee Dee Baker, and our school nurse, Amy Phillips, to ensure our students' basic health and safety needs are met. Last school year, we started receiving school-based therapy services from SUPPORT, Inc., which has been a blessing- it allows our students with more significant mental health issues to be seen at school by a licensed clinical therapist!

I want ALL students to feel safe and happy at school, be successful in the classroom, and have the confidence to take on any challenges!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions, or wish to make a referral: 828-459-7220, ext 360222; through Class DOJO; or by email: michelle_isenhour@catawbaschools.net