School Counseling

  • Confidentiality Statement

    School counselors recognize their primary obligation for confidentiality is to the student but balance that obligation with an understanding of the family or guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives (ASCA Code of Ethics).
    The role of the school counselor in regards to confidentiality is:

    • To support the students right to privacy and protect confidential information received from students, the family, guardian and staff members
    • To explain the meaning and limits of confidentiality to students in developmentally appropriate terms
    • To provide appropriate disclosure and informed consent regarding the counseling relationship and confidentiality
    • To inform students and the family of the limits to confidentiality when: Student poses a danger to self or others, Court ordered disclosure, Consultation with other professionals in support of the student i.e. colleagues, supervisors, treatment teams, and other support personnel
    • To keep personal notes separate from educational records and not disclose their contents except when privacy exceptions exist
    • To seek guidance from supervisors and appropriate legal advice when their records are subpoenaed
    • To assert their belief that information shared by students is “confidential” and should not be revealed without the student’s consent
    • To adhere to all laws protecting student records, health information, and special services (i.e., HIPAA, FERPA, IDEA)
 Lisa Smith - 8th Grade Counselor

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Lisa Smith - 8th Grade Counselor

A North Carolina native, Lisa Smith grew up in Carthage, a small town near Pinehurst. After completing her BA in psychology and Masters in counseling at Appalachian State University, she started working as a school counselor. She and her husband, Michael, lived and worked in Union County in the early ‘90s, when she was a counselor at Piedmont Middle. Subsequent moves took them to South Carolina and Kentucky, but they were very excited seven years ago when they had the opportunity to return to North Carolina. This marks her 20th year as a school counselor. When not at school, Mrs. Smith enjoys spending time with family at the beach, visiting Boone for hiking and Appalachian State football games, and watching her son, Colson, play baseball.

 Rhonda Williams - 6th Grade Counselor

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Rhonda Williams - 6th Grade Counselor

Mrs. Williams was born and raised in Northern Virginia, about 30 minutes outside of D.C.  She attended George Mason University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.  She began her teaching career as a Physical Education teacher at Braddock Elementary School in Annandale, Virginia. She loved teaching but decided to pursue a degree in counseling as well.  She then received her Master of Education in Counseling and Development from George Mason University in 2003.  After moving to Charlotte, NC, Mrs. Williams had the pleasure of gaining experience at Wesley Chapel Elementary, New Town Elementary, and Benton Heights Elementary as a guidance counselor in Union County.  She is also a National Board Certified Teacher.  Mrs. Williams lives in Waxhaw with her husband, Dustin, and three children; Annah, Emma, and Mason. 

Mr. Kurt Miller - 7th Grade Counselor

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Mr. Kurt Miller - 7th Grade Counselor

I have worked in education as a school counselor since 2007, after graduating from Syracuse University with my masters in School Counseling. I worked in the Syracuse City School District at Henninger High School until 2009, before moving to Waxhaw in 2009. I began my journey in NC working as a school counselor at the brand new Cuthbertson Middle school before going on to Cuthbertson High from 2010 through 2016. In addition to being employed as a counselor, I coach football at the high school.

I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. I went to Duke University for my undergrad, earning a BA in Sociology. I am married with two daughters, Emery and Ella.