School Counseling

  • Students can be referred (either by self or an adult) to the school counselor.

    Mrs. Vaughn works with students to address many areas of concerns in relation to school performance and function in the school day.  Topics can include anything in regards to social, emotional, and academic concerns. The school counselor is also our 504 Coordinator.  If your child lives with a disability that hinders them from accessing the school environment, the school counselor can support the student through the 504 framework.  Additionally, the school counselor can connect you with various resources within the school building and in the community. 

    Please reach out if you have a concern and she will get you to the right spot!  Want more info.  Check out Mrs. Vaughn’s website here.

Phone: 704-290-1525


Degrees and Certifications:

Hillary Vaughn

Mrs. Vaughn has had the privilege of being a school counselor since 2012 when she graduated with her Masters in Human Development Counseling from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Originally a midwestern girl, she now lives right here in Waxhaw with her husband and four children. 

Mrs. Vaughn is a Nationally Certified Counselor (299162).  She has worked with K-8 student’s and enjoys helping kids grow social and emotionally throughout their school career.  She has a passion for emotional/behavioral regulation, viewing the school through a trauma centered lens, character development, and helping kids learn coping and connecting skills.  Mrs. Vaughn loves working for UCPS and seeing the students continually gain skills that will make them successful not only in the classroom but also as a contributing member of the world we live in today. 

  • 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)