Please check out the new tabs: "Support for Families", "Student Support: SEL" & "Community Resources". I will be updating these tabs with new resources in the coming days!
❤We miss you OFE students and families! ❤
Dear Old Fort Students, Families and Community Members,
Greetings! I want to take a moment to introduce myself as the School Counselor here at Old Fort. I am returning to Old Fort this year after serving as a School Counselor in Buncombe County for the past two years. I am excited to be back with our school community!
A little about me: I have been a School Counselor for twelve years with students ranging in ages from 4 through 17. I am a proud graduate of Appalachian State University and the University of Delaware. My family keeps my days outside of school full of love, laughter, and a little chaos. My husband and I spend most of our energy outside of work on our biggest adventure, raising our little girl and little boy. We learn something new together everyday from our precious little ones--there sure is a lot to learn in parenting!
As the School Counselor, I strive to offer support to our students in order to help them feel and be successful. I collaborate with our school community to develop the counseling program to support our students in their academic, personal/social, emotional and career development. To meet the needs of our students, I offer a variety of school-wide programs, classroom lessons, small group counseling, and as needed, short-term individual counseling. In addition to these services, I also help coordinate referrals for our school based therapists and to community agencies that meet the needs of families. I also play a role in Student Leadership opportunities.
I strongly believe that together we can make a positive difference. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance. I look forward to an awesome school year full of laughter, learnaing, student leadership and adventure.
Thank you for sharing your children with us each day!
Ms. Kristin Bearden
Donors' Choose: https://www.donorschoose.org/SchoolCounselorKB
If you or your child are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact
Mobile Crisis at 1-888-573-1006 or call 911.
If your child is a client of A Caring Alternative, the crisis number is 828-334-9516.
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL)
Learning about building positive and healthy relationships is one of the core roles of a School Counselor.
Check out the following links about social & emotional learning for more information.
SCHOOL BASED THERAPY
Our school community is fortunate to have the support of a school based therapist one day a week.
Kristen White, LMFT with A Caring Alternative serves our students. For more information about A Caring Alternative please visit:
If you are interested in the services Ms. Kristen provides, please reach out to Ms. Bearden for referral information.
Mobile Crisis McDowell County:
If you or your child are experiencing a mental health emergency contact Mobile Crisis at
1-888-573-1006 or call 911.
Emergency Number for A Caring Alternative Clients: