Kim Duarte Emailkduarte@wcpss.net Work Phone 919-662-2900 Ext. 25772 8th Grade Counselor
Ms. Duarte is a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor with 26 years of experience in the Wake County School System. She served as a high school counselor for 5 years before coming to West Lake Middle School.
Ms. McKenzie is certified as a school counselor with 15 years of experience in the Wake County School System. She has served as both a high school and a middle school counselor.
Clara Stiers Emailcstiers@wcpss.net Work Phone 919-662-2900 Ext. 25771 6th Grade Counselor
Ms. Stiers is a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor with 24 years of experience in the Wake County School System. She has served as a high school counselor for 6 years before coming to West Lake Middle School.
School Social Worker
Dedrick Gaddy Emaildgaddy@wcpss.net Work Phone 919-662-2934 Work Cell 919-662-2900 Ext. 25778 Social Worker
Mr. Gaddy is a certified school social worker with 12 years of experience in the Wake County School System. He has served as both a middle school and elementary school social worker.
Sherry Urban Emailcurban@wcpss.net Work Phone 919-662-2900 Ext. 25785 Psychologist
Consuelo is bilingual in Spanish and English. Her general duties include the enrollment of new students and the maintenance of student records.
Student Services - What We Do
The school counselors provide a comprehensive school counseling program that 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.
The school social worker engage the school, family, teachers and/or community in a problem-solving process to promote positive change and eliminate barriers to learning. School Social Workers receive referrals from the community, parents, school staff and students when students display poor attendance, failing grades, effects of family crisis and/or emotional and behavioral concerns. School Social Workers can support parents by helping parents understand their child’s developmental and educational needs; providing access to school and community resources; helping navigate special education services; obtaining mental health services; and providing services for homeless families. The school psychologist provides a wide variety of services that help students succeed academically, socially and emotionally. In collaboration with educators, parents/guardians and other mental health professionals, school psychologists strive not only to create safe, healthy and supportive learning environments for all students, but also to strengthen connections between home and school. Utilizing leadership, advocacy and collaboration, school psychologists promote overall academic success by providing services that enhance the student, school, home and community partnerships and alleviate barriers to learning. In WCPSS, most school psychologists serve two schools.