Company: Charlotte Mecklenburg School District
Position: Elementary Lead Counselor
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Virginia Beach, Virginia
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?
I have lived in the Charlotte area for 3 years.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?
I was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I graduated from Hampton University (Hampton, VA) in 2011 with a degree in psychology and I graduated from North Carolina A & T State University in 2015 with a master’s degree in counseling, specializing in School. Prior to becoming a school counselor, I taught 9th grade inclusion English. I was also an exceptional children’s case manager. When I saw that the barriers my students faced went well beyond the classroom, I knew that counseling was the field I wanted to pursue. While at North Carolina A & T State University, I served as the 1st female president of the Graduate Student Advisory Council and worked at the university as an academic coordinator. During the summer of 2013, I traveled to Belize and worked in various shelters and schools. This opportunity taught me the importance of sustainability, being culturally aware and culturally competent.
After graduating from graduate school, I relocated to Charlotte and immediately began working as a school counselor at Whitewater Academy. In the second half of my second year, I was selected to serve on the district level as an Elementary Lead Counselor. Making me the youngest school counselor to serve as an Elementary lead. I have the privilege to serve and support 26 counselors within the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District. I have secured approximately $5,000 in grants for supplies and professional development that have provided my school with materials for students with ADHD & Autism and various items for groups.
At my school, I have implemented several programs such as:
The Brotherhood- An all-boys group that emphasizes respect & discipline. The group concludes with a ceremony that inducts each boy into the official brotherhood.
Girl Power- An all-girls group that focuses on self-esteem, friendship, and relational aggression. The group concludes with a “tea party” that teaches etiquette, the importance of being a lady, and provides the ladies an opportunity to publicly share what they have learned in group.
Giving Thanks Canned Food Drive- A food drive that is completed school-wide. The school collects canned goods and donates the goods to a local church. I then send families in need from our school to the church’s pantry to collect the goods for Thanksgiving.
Whitewater Giving Tree- Similar to the Angel Tree, students in need are posted on the administration hallway (names are confidential) and staff and community partners select students to sponsor for Christmas.
Coffee and Doughnuts with the Counselor & Dean- An event that shares important EOG information with parents and families and provides tips on how to help their student prepare. It also provides an opportunity for parents to ask administrators questions.
I also initiated and coached my schools’ first Cheerleading team.
Along with these activities, I serve as a coach for Girls on the Run, Let Me Run (boys running group), and I am a proud member of various professional organizations.
I absolutely love my job and the impact it has on my community. I love working with students and families and I love working with other counselors to ensure they are successful as well.
DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING FOR A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY OR PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORIAL MOMENT?
My most memorable moment volunteering was when I assisted at the women’s shelter by feeding the women and children at the shelter. I remember seeing a parent from my school and I was worried about how they would feel about me being there. However, her reaction was quite the contrary. She was pleased to see me and embraced me. As she introduced me to a friend, she said, “This is Ms. Glover, she’s the counselor at my daughters’ school. She’s always gone out of her way to help us. I hope she stays at that school until my baby goes off to middle school.” As I smiled and thanked her for her kind words, a worker in the facility said, “It’s always good to see school counselors working beyond the school walls and pouring into their community.” That statement has resonated with me since and has been the driving force to all that I do.
IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY?
I try to contribute to my community in ways where my students and families can see me being an active participant. I coach Girls on the Run which is a program for elementary aged girls. The program focuses on self-esteem, team work, exhibiting good character, and preparing girls to run a 5k at the end of the season. I meet with the girls after school twice a week. I co-lead lessons and actively run along each girl, motivating and encouraging them.
I also volunteer as Care Team member with Elevation Church. I work with children that have special needs and behavior challenges. This is a unique team as many of the children need one on one attention and commitment is crucial to building rapport with the children and the family. I am an active member of the Urban League (Young Professionals Auxiliary), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, North Carolina School Counselors Association, and the American School Counselors Association.
PLEASE LET US KNOW ANY AWARDS OR RECOGNITIONS YOU’VE RECEIVED IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER:
November 2016- Selected as a presenter at the NC State School Counselor Conference.
April 2017- Selected as the youngest school counselor to serve as an Elementary School Counselor for the CMS district (there are only 6 elementary lead counselors within the CMS district).
October 2017- Hampton University’s 40 under 40 Award.
November 2017- Selected as a presenter at the National School Counselor Conference (American School Counselor Association Conference).
January 2018- World Affairs Scholar- $2,500 grant awarded to outstanding educators. The purpose of the grant is for educators to travel abroad to gain international experience working in their field.
March 2018- Featured on the front page of the Charlotte Observer discussing rapid suicide screenings in Elementary School.
March 2018- Selected as a participant to for the Ecuador Professional Preparation Program.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?
I love to be adventurous. I love to go hiking and whitewater rafting. I also love to travel (domestic and international) and try different restaurants. Most importantly, I enjoy spending quality time with my friends and family.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?
“To whom much is given, much is required.”
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS? 10 YEARS?
In the next 5 years I see myself with a PhD in Counselor Education and working as a professor or working on the district level full time. I would like to have a few publications and be a well-known presenter amongst school counselors. I also see myself traveling internationally yearly.
In the next 10 years, I see myself working at the collegiate level and preparing other school counselors for the field. I plan to have published school counselor books and present on the international level. I would like to be a professional grant writer and assist school counselors with obtaining grants for their programs, professional development and schools.
CAN YOUR SHARE ONE THING THAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
One thing on my bucket list is to travel to as many countries as I can before I turn 35.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?
The last time I used my passport was a few weeks ago when I attended in a wedding in Cancun, Mexico. Prior to that, I visited family and friends in Dubai for 10 days.
WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?
A fun fact that no one knows about me is that as a child I struggled with behavior and complying with adult directives. Although I came from a very supportive home, I struggled with my attitude, following directions, and handling conflict in a positive way. It is my belief that my challenges are great contributors to why I am the school counselor I am today.
WHO IS YOUR HERO?
My hero is my dad. My dad has an amazing heart, a contagious spirit, and a presence that commands a room. As a business owner, he takes pride in his work and always tries to treat his clients with respect. He serves his community consistently, all while ensuring that his family always comes first. My dad never knows a stranger and treats everyone with respect and humility. He’s a hard worker, amazing dad, great husband, and a community leader.
WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
The last book I read was Influencer: The Power to Change Anything.
WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?
The last movie I saw was Acrimony.
WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?
The last concert I attended was the J. Cole concert.