Upper School Guidance
Arborbrook provides personal academic advising for students from the beginning of their experience at Arborbrook through graduation. The counselor will provide assistance in selecting classes and will help the student stay on track to meet graduation requirements.
Freshmen meet with the counselor as a group twice a year. Then, beginning in Sophomore year, students meet individually with the counselor every year to plan and prepare for their academic journey beyond high school. Junior year, students are required to take Junior Seminar which is a classed dedicated to assess personality, strengths and values, explore career options, learn how to search for and prepare for college, write a resume and more! College Night is also held in the fall for Juniors and their parents to prepare for the college admissions process.
Students may meet with the Guidance Counselor to talk about any emotional, spiritual, academic or social concerns in a confidential setting. The school encourages counseling through wisdom from a biblical perspective. If deemed necessary, the student may be referred to an outside agency or professional counseling practice.
My early education and training was in Development, Marketing and Communications. After graduating from The Ohio State University I worked for The American Heart Association and then The Ohio State University Hospitals. I had no idea that after nearly a decade of working as a communications and marketing manager that I would eventually become an educator.
Shortly after moving to North Carolina in the early 2000’s I sensed a call to homeschool my children. I learned about the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education and became a firm believer in her methods. When I heard about a school starting in the area based on her philosophy, I knew we had found our school! My kids attended Arborbrook from the first year and eventually all three graduated from Arborbrook. I served in a variety of volunteer roles at the school over the years and was hired as Interim Head of High School during 2011-2012. While my husband attended seminary at Southern Evangelical Seminary, I participated in the Women’s Ministry Lay Institute and received a Certificate in Women's Ministry. After much study and preparation I began teaching high school History in 2015, and then Bible in 2017. Because of my relationships with the families and students, as well as intimate knowledge of the school, it was a natural progression for me to become the Upper School Guidance Counselor in 2019.
I have a passion for helping students understand their identity in Christ and find their calling. I know firsthand that on a journey, a road can take many turns and no part of the experience is wasted. God uses it all and he redeems it all. All wisdom comes from God and he gives it freely to those who ask. I am continually growing in my own education and I love to spur the kids on in theirs! Thanks be to God.