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School Counselors

School counselors provide a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses individual student needs, improves student achievement and enhances the academic, career and personal/social development of all students. The comprehensive school counseling program is delivered through classroom lessons, individual student planning sessions, and individual and group counseling. School counselors collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators and other school staff to promote student success. School counselors also provide leadership and advocacy to promote equity and access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students.


Contact Information:


Alleghany High School

Linda Miller

Buddy Marion

Glade Creek SchoolLidjae Andrews336-657-3388

Piney Creek School

Debbie Pennington


Sparta School

Linda Wishon
Lidjae Andrews






Additional Staff:


Marci Hart, JCPC Counselor

Anne Marie Erhardt, Social Worker

Charles Rudy, School Psychologist

Alleghany County Schools is proud to partner with Appalachian State University and Daymark Recovery Services to provide Assessment, Support and Counseling Centers to all students enrolled in Alleghany County Schools. The Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Center is a team of individuals located in four western North Carolina school districts, where over ten therapists are collaborating with school counselors, teachers, principals, and more to help students in need of some extra support. The ASC Center, with support from the schools, is designed to aid students who need a way to find help and are unsure of where else they can go.

Stressed Out? We Can Help!

We are pleased to announce the launch of, a website devoted to connecting students in Alleghany, Ashe, and Watauga Counties to information related to mental health resources and suicide prevention. Though the site was designed with students in grades 7-12 in mind, the resources contained on this site may be helpful to teachers and parents as well. In addition to self-help information and community resources, each of the Alleghany County Schools has a page with contact information for a guidance counselor that can put students in touch with additional resources as needed.  You may access High Country Help via the link above, or you can also find a link to the website under Community Links.