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6-8 Counseling

Middle School Counseling

Mrs. Vashti Anthony Smith

704-238-8883 ext 1164


I’m excited to be part of the UA family. My family moved from New Jersey and made North Carolina our home. Since my arrival at UA, I’ve felt welcomed and loved. I consider myself to be very creative and I enjoy working with my hands. I love creating an idea and watching it blossom. I’m so glad to be here and I will work diligently to ensure the needs of my students are met.

What is a school counselor?

School counselors advocate on students' behalf. They work to ensure students' academic, social/emotional, and career needs are met. School counselors work with parents, teachers, and different members of the community.

How Do I work with students? 

Counselors meet with students individually or in small groups to work on feelings, behaviors, and academic issues. While we can not do “therapy” at the school level, we can provide excellent referrals to counseling agencies in the community. Classroom lessons are another big way that counselors help students develop skills in citizenship, problem-solving, and working well with others.

How does my student see the counselor? 

Counselors take referrals through parent/guardian(s) and teachers. Students can also see me by coming to my office or leaving a note in my mailbox on my door. All information is confidential unless it is a matter of safety. Students can also send me an email when they need to see me.