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Student Services

E. E. Smith’s Counseling Center

Our Mission

Student Services is committed to supporting the instructional process by identifying and eliminating barriers to learning, advocating for the needs of the whole child, and empowering all students to become lifelong learners in the 21st century.


AIG Consultant and AP Co-Coordinator 

Amy Karcher      

Contact Phone Number:  910-483-0153 x 740

Ms. Karcher’s office hours are on Tuesday for E.E. Smith. Her WebEx link can be found on her Canvas Page.

AIG Local Plan

School Counselors

Donna Cooper-Craig   
Contact Phone Number  910-483-0153  x 711

Donna Craig, 10th grade counselor. FTCC/High School Connections contact. Scholarship Chair. Underclassmen Awards Committee. Graduation Committee. EESHS Engagement Team

Pamela McLaurin  
Contact Phone Number 910-483-0153 x 710

Pamela McLaurin, 12th grade. College Recruiters. ASVAB. Underclassmen Awards Chair. Graduation Committee. EESHS Engagement Team

Gretchen Walker    
Contact Phone Number  910-483-0153 x 713

Gretchen Walker, Department Chair/Lead Counselor. 9th grade. NCAA Clearinghouse, NC Virtual Public School Contact. Graduation Committee Co-Chair. Senior Awards Chair. EESHS Engagement Team

TBA, 11th grade counselor. Mentor Groups. United Way Live Volunteers. Underclassmen Awards Committee. Graduation Committee. EESHS Engagement Team

Available: Monday-Friday  8:00 am-4:00 pm

Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a Master’s degree in school counseling making them uniquely qualified to address students’ cognitive, socio-emotional and career development needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program.  They also provide consultation, individual and group counseling, academic advisement.  In addition, they provide prevention, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution.

School Social Worker

Wendy McLain      
Contact Phone Number:  910-483-0153 x 720

Available:  Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm 

 School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a Bachelors or Master’s degree in social work.  They are the link between the home, school, and community.  School social workers provide direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel such as monitoring school attendance, promoting dropout prevention, consultation, information and referral, identification of at-risk students, and counseling.  In addition, they provide prevention, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution.

School Psychologist

Mary Katherine Canaday

Available:  Friday 8:00 am- 4:00 pm or as needed

School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level degree program.  they provide assessment and testing of students for special services.  Consultation for teachers.  Counseling for students.  In addition, they provide prevention, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and program modification for special learning and/or behavioral needs.

School Nurse

Carrie Byrd

Available:  Friday 8:00 am- 4:00 pm

School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students.  School nurses facilitate health services such as immunizations, communicable disease control, vision and hearing screening and follow-up, health assessments and referrals, and health counseling and information for students and families.  School nurses actively collaborate with school personnel, students and parents to create health plans and to administer medication.

CCS Military Family & Youth Liaison

Joseph Peek, CCS Military Family & Youth Liaison  

The military family and youth liaison (MFYL) acts as a communication link between the installation and the school district in order to ease the transition for the military students. The MFYL coordinates and supports efforts to: assess needs, build awareness of resources, and connect those with needs to supportive solutions.

Email: [email protected]
Phone Number: 910-678-7008

Community Resources

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Exceptional Children Case Teacher

Kelli Howle   Contact Phone Number:  910-484-3391 ext. 3012

The EC Case Teacher can address concerns for students eligible for special education services. They can verify service implementation and communicate with the student’s team to meet their academic and functional needs. In addition, she can coordinate Child Find. This is a coordinated effort between the Student Services Team and the Exceptional Children Services to locate and identify children and youth suspected of or diagnosed with a disability who might have intellectual, physical, or emotional disabilities and are unable to benefit from the regular school program without special assistance.

Transcript Clerk

Please contact Rauna Godbolt-Mack at 910.483.0153  ext. 714, if you are in need of a transcript.

Published by Kelly McQueen on August 23, 2019