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Student Services


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Mission Statement
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.

School Counselor Fax Number: 910-488-8385
School Counselor Clerk – Vacant
Stacy King

Data Manager:
Diane Wise

School Counselors
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.

James Davis, Counselor, A-E
Brayanna Upthegrove, Counselor, F-K
Dr. Richelle Jones, Counselor, L
Matthew Stoeckley, Counselor, M-R
Brittany Raines, Lead Counselor, S-Z

Available Times
Mon -Fri 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (First Come First Serve Basis)
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. & 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. (By Appointment Only)

School Counselor Fax Number: 910-488-8385

Pine Forest High School Counseling On The Web
 Click here for Pine Forest High School’s Guidance Department social media information.

General Information:

Transcript Request
Graduation Requirements Checklist (attachment)
2020-2021 CCS HS Course Selection Guide (attachment)
Community Resources: Dial 2-1-1 or Click
NC Virtual Public School (NCVPS):
NCVPS Contract (attachment)
FTCC High School Connections Applications: (attachment)
Career & Technical Education:
Major Clarity:
College Foundation of NC:

Social Worker – LaToya
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 – Donna Lewis,
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 and counseling for students.  In addition, they provide prevention, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and program modification for special learning and/or behavioral needs.

School Nurse – Jeanine McDowell,
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.

AIG Consultant – Nancy Armstrong,
AIG Information page

CCS Military Family & Youth Liaison – Joseph Peek,
Phone: 910-678-7008
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.

Military Student Transitions Consultant (MSTC) – Carlos Swan – 
Phone: 910-964-8475
The MSTC is a highly specialized education professional embedded with the school district. The MSTC is assigned specific schools like Pine Forest High School to provide assistance to military-connected students with needs related to increasing support system for social-emotional well-being and transition. The MSTC performs activities and delivers professional development within the school and community to support this goal. The MSTC works directly with children and parents on a daily basis. MSTCs are expected to be subject matter experts on numerous issues to assist our military-connected families – active duty, veteran, retired, National Guard/Reserves, or Civil Service employees.
The Military Student Transitions Consultant is available to:

  • Help all students successfully navigate the academic, emotional and behavioral stressors, that may negatively impede the learning experience.
  • Reduce the number of disciplinary infractions in an effort to maximize classroom time, and enhance learning opportunities.
  • Facilitate positive social development, as well as aid in the behavioral and academic success of all students.

CCS’ Military Connection pages:

Child and Youth Behavioral Military & Family Life Counseling Program
Phone: (910)751-9245
Pine Forest is now equipped with an additional program to support our military connected children and families. This program will serve actively connected military students and families of any branch of our military and those separated within the past 180 days. The Child and Youth Behavioral Military & Family Life Counseling Program has provided a counselor to address the unique challenges faced by military families. This service will be private and confidential non-medical counseling at school. The counselor will also be a referral source should our students and families have needs that require outside referrals. The counselor may assist with the following type of issues; such as communication, self-esteem, confidence, resolving conflicts, behavioral management techniques, deployment and reintegration issues, transition skills and academic skills. The counselor will need a signed consent form turned in to the MFLC counselor in the guidance department in order to support students who meet qualifications for the program.  MFLC Program letter and consent form.

School Exceptional Children Case Teacher – Adrienne Smith,
Phone: 910-488-2384
Times Available: Call for an appointment

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.

Useful Websites

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline suicidepreventionlifeline.orgNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Why Call?
No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK  you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

Who should call?
If you feel you are in a crisis, whether or not you are thinking about killing yourself, please call the Lifeline. People have called us for help with substance abuse, economic worries, relationship and family problems, sexual orientation, illness, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and even loneliness

What happens when I call?
When you dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255), you are calling the crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. After you call, you will hear a message saying you have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You will hear hold music while your call is being routed. You will be helped by a skilled, trained crisis worker who will listen to your problems and will tell you about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.
The Role of Teens Preventing Suicide brochure

Cumberland County Schools in red, blue and green font. Our commitment: every student collaborative, competitive, successful

Published by Lisa Denton on March 2, 2020