Hello all! My name is Kristi Swaim. Shortly after graduating from Starmount High School in 2013, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming an educator. I graduated from Appalachian State University in August 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development, concentrating in Child Developmental Research. In addition to my concentration, I minored in psychology.
After graduating from ASU, I began working as a lead preschool teacher for Head Start. As a preschool teacher, I was able to make a positive impact on my students and their families. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to work with my students and watch them grow. After my first year of teaching, I immediately knew that I wanted to get my master’s in school counseling. While I worked as a preschool teacher, I always knew that I wanted to be able to extend the services that I offered to my students. I wanted to go beyond teaching and utilize the compassion and desire that I possessed for working with students from various backgrounds. I wanted to become a school counselor.
I graduated from Salem College with my Master of Education in School Counseling in May 2021. This is my fourth year working with Yadkin County Schools, and my first year as a school counselor. I look forward to this new journey!
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family, and dogs. We are both huge animal lovers!
I am conscious of the ever changing challenges faced by students that can build stressors in their lives. I consider school counseling to be an important, integral part of the educational process in order to eliminate stressors and barriers. Professional school counselors provide a comprehensive curriculum of counseling that address the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students as established within the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. The ASCA National Model outlines the components of a school counseling program that is integral to the school’s academic mission and is created to have a significant positive impact on student achievement, attendance and discipline (ASCA, 2019). I believe that it is crucial for school counselors to utilize the ASCA National Model to ensure that a holistic program is constructed that reaches all students’ academic, career, and social/emotional needs.
I also strongly believe in empowering all students to challenge themselves to meet their fullest potential and maximize their success. All students have the ability to achieve and should have equitable access to a comprehensive school counseling program.