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Student Services


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.

Some of the Special Resources Available at Howard Hall Classical Elementary School:

Exceptional Children Case Teacher: Deana Tatum
Available: Monday and Tuesday, 7:15-2:45
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.

School Counselors: Charlene McLaurin

Available Monday-Friday, 7:15 – 2:45
[email protected]

Ava Pupuhi
Available Monday-Friday, 7:15 – 2:45
[email protected]

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: Elaine Frangakis
Available Monday-Friday, 7:15 – 2:45
[email protected]

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 Nurse: Angela Melvin
Available Thursday, 8:00 – 3:00

[email protected]

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.

School Psychologist: Donna Lewis

[email protected]

School psychologists are highly trained both in 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.

Occupational Therapist: Susan Hughes

[email protected]

CCS Military Family & Youth Liaison:  Joseph Peek
(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.

Community Resources:Dial 2-1-1 or Visit

“Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”
—Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Our mission as Counselors is helping students demonstrate a positive attitude towards self and others and develop responsible social skills. The development of these skills will increase school and life success. To that end we participate in a Character Ed program, as well as the Cumberland County Amazing Acts of Character Program. Students are also counseled as needed, whether by request of teacher or student themselves.
Published by Lynn Kientz on November 19, 2019