MHS Counseling Department

Welcome to McDowell High School's Counseling Department. Please check out all of the information on this website and speak with a counselor today!


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Meet Our Counselors

Glenda Glenn - 9th Grade

Kendall Waugh - 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade - Last Names A-F

Brandon Smith - 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade- Last Names G-O

Lyndsay Morris - 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade - Last Names P-Z

Mrs. Kendall Waugh

10th, 11th, and 12th Grade

Last Names A-F

As a native to McDowell County, I am proud to be able to return to my roots and serve the students at McDowell High School. I have had the privilege to work as a school counselor at McDowell High School since 2004. Prior to that, I worked at East Burke High School and WA Young Elementary school. I earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western Carolina University.

I have been married for 22 years to Darren, am the mother to 4 amazing kids, and have a cat (Spencer) and a dog (Mollie). Family time is my favorite time! I enjoy supporting my kids in their extracurricular activities - cheerleading and travel baseball. My hobbies include scrapbooking, crafting, and rearranging my house!

As a school counselor, I enjoy working with students and helping them "figure it all out". I want every student to graduate from McDowell High with a plan - college, work, military, travel..... a PLAN for their future.

In addition to my role as school counselor, I am also the Varsity Cheer Coach. I volunteer in my community - serving as Event Lead for the McDowell County Relay for Life, member of the McDowell Titan Athletic Booster club board, and volunteer with Project Christmas.

I love McDowell County and I am proud to be a member of the Titan Family!

You can contact me at 828-652-7920 ext. or email me at

Mr. Brandon Smith

10th, 11th, and 12th Grade

Last Names G-O

I am excited to be a part of the School Counseling Program at McDowell High School. I received my training as a School Counselor from Eastern Illinois University (M.Ed. in School Counseling). Additionally, before working as a counselor I served as a Special Education, Health and PE teacher for five years. As a counselor I emphasize overall wellness and work to facilitate communication between students, families, and teachers to help students.

I enjoy being outdoors and taking advantage of the wonderful activity opportunities in Western North Carolina.

In addition to my role as a School Counselor, I am also the Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach and an Assistant Coach for Track and Field.

You can reach me at 828-652-7920 or

Mrs. Lyndsay Morris

10th, 11th, and 12th Grade

Last Names P-Z

This is my first year as a school counselor and I am excited to be able to serve the students here at McDowell High School. I was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC. After graduating from high school, I attended Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC to obtain my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Although this is my first year as a school counselor, this is my seventh year in the educational setting. Prior to finishing my Master in Education in School Counseling through Liberty University, I was the Career Development Facilitator and Family Life Educator at Landrum High School.

I am passionate about helping others create their personal pathway whether that is career, military, community college or a 4 year university. My goal is to help student's become successful, productive members of society by helping them realize their full potential.

I relocated to WNC last September. I am married and have 4 children , ages 7-18 and 1 on the way. I love spending time with my family camping and kayaking. I also enjoy cooking, baking, and crafting.

If you have questions or need to reach me, please call 828-652-7920 ext. 313 or email me at

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Our Vision

Our vision at McDowell High School is that all students are productive learners who graduate with a plan for a successful future. All students participate in rigorous planning and learning activities coordinated by the counseling department in partnership with faculty and the community, to provide opportunities for personal and academic growth. As effective goal-setters, achievers, and life-long learners, the students at McDowell High School possess the tools and resilience to live productive lives as citizens and human beings in today’s society.

Our Mission

Our mission as the school counseling program at McDowell High School, is to provide students with a comprehensive program focused on helping them succeed in their academic, career, and personal lives. Through preventive and remedial support programs; academic and career planning; partnerships with parents, faculty, and other community members; and effective data analysis; the school counselors at McDowell High School will help all students become productive citizens and life-long learners.

McDowell High School, 600 McDowell High Dr. Marion, NC 28752 (P) 828-652-7920 (F) 828-652-1101