School Counselor

Kristin Bearden 

School Counselor

M.A Appalachian State University
B.A. University of Delaware

North Carolina Licensed School Counselor
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA)

Ms. Kristin Beaden loves being an Old Fort Eagle. As your School Counselor, Ms. Bearden strives to build connections with students and families. Ms. Bearden is a proud graduate of Appalachian State University with her Masters in School Counseling and the University of Delaware with her Bachelors degree in Family and Community Services. Ms. Bearden earned and maintains additional certifications and licenses as a National Board Certified Counselor and as a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Associate. 

To meet the needs of Old Fort students, Ms. Bearden offers a variety of social-emotional learning resources through school-wide programs, classroom lessons, small group counseling, and as needed, short-term individual counseling. In addition to these services, Ms. Bearden also helps coordinate referrals for our school based therapists and to community agencies that meet the needs of families. She has served as a School Counselor in Buncombe county and McDowell county for thirteen years with children ranging in ages from four to seventeen years old. Ms. Bearden enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family and her dog Polly. She loves the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. She strives to learn something new everyday. 

Mission Statement:

As an Old Fort Eagle and School Counselor, I believe in the power of creativity, diversity, teamwork, and discovery. As an active member of many teams, I hope to nurture compassion, understanding, and growth. In partnering with our community, I trust that together we can create an encouraging school home for our children. At our school, I aim to provide access to the many resources needed so that all of our students and families may experience the power of shaping a dream into reality. I believe that we are all learning, no matter what our role or age may be. In our children, I see the best examples of how to be resilient, humble, and strong. I strive to provide the space for what is while strengthening the dreams of what can be. 

"I do my best because I am counting on you counting on me." -Maya Angelou