Personal Background:

    My Name is Chris McCoy and I am a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I attended the local schools of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System: South Fork Elementary School, Hanes Middle School and RJ Reynolds High School. I am a husband and a father of one son. My wife is Alexis of 11 years and my son is Alonzo, who is currently 9 years old and headed into the 4th grade. I met my wife after graduating from Wake Forest University and accepting my first job at RJ Reynolds High School.

    I am a Football Alumnus and a graduate of Wake Forest University and Salem College. My family is a diehard Wake Forest supporting family that attends many sporting events. My family has a strong foundation in athletics as we all stay busy coaching, administering and playing our respective sports. I love being involved in my son's life, helping him grow up and learn how to handle life's ups and downs. Being a role-model for my son has also helped me reflect on how to teach and treat other children that I may come in contact with on a daily basis here at KMS. 

    Educational Background:

    I recently graduated from Salem College in the Spring of 2018 with a Masters of Education in Professional School Counseling. I also became a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Society in Education while studying at Salem College.

    Many years prior to enrolling in Salem College, I was granted a Full Athletic Scholarship to attend Wake Forest University in the Sport of Football. There, I was able to continue growing as a Student-athlete by learning great life lessons, those that helped to give me the experiences that I have learned to depend on now. I graduated from Wake Forest University in May of 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. My time spent at Wake Forest University will always be near and dear to my heart. I have met some wonderful teammates, life-time friends and made connections with professors and coaches that will never be forgotten. 

    Professional Background:

    I have been employed in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System for 13 years. Before joining the KMS Hawk Family, I was employed at Ronald Reagan High School. Throughout my career, I have served the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in many capacities. I have worked as an Exceptional Children's Teacher's Assistant, Occupational Course of Study Job Coach and Head Junior Varsity Basketball Coach at RJ Reynolds High School; an Adaptive Physical Education Teacher's Assistant at Hanes-Lowrance Middle School; Head Junior Varsity Football Coach, Assistant Varsity Football Coach and Head Freshman Basketball Coach at Ronald Reagan High School. 

     I also have experience working with adolescents, identified as "At-risk" within their home, community and school settings. In the Mental Health field, I have been classified as a Qualified Professional Level III Residential Counselor, a Community Support Specialist, Level II Day Treatment Counselor, an Intensive In-home Counselor and a Behavioral Specialist contracted by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School to provide therapeutic services. 

    Throughout my professional career, I have displayed qualities of being a hard-worker, well-organized and being a team player. While gaining experience in the workforce, I have been placed in very stressful situations, where parents and families needed my assistance in order to keep the basic necessities available for their children to have a safe place to call home. I have also learned how to interact and engage with parents of children who have given up on them for their repeated negative choices and behaviors displayed. Over time working in this profession, I have gained the love of helping children and their families improve their quality of life, by developing plans and interventions, implemented in their home environment.

    As a member of the KMS Hawks Family, I plan to display a genuine love for the success of your students and families to ensure that "All" students receive an equitable education by implementing the school counseling competencies of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and working within the four components of ASCA's National Model: Foundation, Management, Delivery and Accountability, I believe with these components it is certain we could achieve desired results.

    I also will serve as the 504 Coordinator and the Crosby Scholars Sponsor for Kernersville Middle School!

    My Mission:

    As a school counselor here at KMS, I will create a comprehensive counseling program that puts students first. By encouraging and empowering students from all ethnic cultures and backgrounds to challenge themselves to compete at their fullest potential. I am a firm believer that a good comprehensive school counseling program delivers in-direct and direct services to students, focusing on the development of academic, personal/social and career needs of students. This is best achieved with the involvement of parents, family, staff, and community members, engaged in the learning process. I am committed to upholding the highest ethical and legal standards, participating in professional development to keep up to date with the latest practices in the school counseling profession.

    My mission will follow the guidelines of the North Carolina Professional School Counseling Standards, approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

    North Carolina Professional School Counseling Standards:

    The North Carolina Professional School Counseling Standards consist of five standards that serve as a resource for school counselors to enhance their professional knowledge and skills as the comprehensive school counseling program is evaluated with the school administrator annually. They provide a resource for school counselors to collaborate with teachers to assess and implement interventions that meet the needs of students. These standards also help to provide professional development for school counselors while helping colleagues to improve the academic success of students as they move into the 21st century.

    My School Counseling Philosophy:

    My philosophy of the school counseling profession begins with a person who is empowering and encouraging.  A person who works hard in illustrating multiple leadership styles while adopting flexible therapeutic approaches, combined with the ability to connect with individuals based on their observed learning style. I also believe that school counselors must learn their student population and build a counselor/student relationship for future therapeutic engagement.   

     As a Professional School Counselor serving in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system, I will serve as an educator, collaborator, advocate and consultant on behalf of the students within the district. I will promote educational performance while providing all students with the opportunities to acquire academic, career, personal and social competencies necessary to achieve quality learning and life-long success in a safe learning environment. 

    I absolutely believe all students have unique personal potential and are capable of achieving their potential if given opportunities. All students have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, the right to feel safe in a nurturing learning environment, which supports and enhances academic achievement. All students have the right to be served by a professional school counselor through a developmentally appropriate comprehensive school counseling curriculum. 

    LETS GO HAWKS!!!!!