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Our Mission:

Student Services is committed to supporting the instructional process by identifying and eliminating barriers to learning, advocating for the needs of the whole child and empowering all students to become lifelong learners in the 21st century.


Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a Master’s degree in school counseling making them uniquely qualified to address students’ cognitive, socio-emotional and career development needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program. They also provide consultation, individual and group counseling, academic advisement. In addition, they provide prevention, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution.

All Counselors are available Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am -4:00 pm or call 910.867.3116 ext. 714 to set up an appointment.

Meet Our Counselors:

SFHS Counseling Department

School Social Worker

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Mr.Khalil Shakeel

School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a Bachelors or Master’s degree in social work. They are the link between the home, school, and community. School social workers provide direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel such as monitoring school attendance, promoting dropout prevention, consultation, information and referral, identification of at-risk students, and counselling. In addition, they provide prevention, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution.

Available Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am -4:00 pm or call 901.867-3116 ext. 720 for an appointment.




EC Case Manager

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Ms.Tina Swann-Binaxas

The EC Case Manager can address concerns for students eligible for special education services. They can verify service implementation and communicate with the student’s team to meet their academic and functional needs. In addition, she can coordinate Child Find. This is a coordinated effort between the Student Services Team and the Exceptional Children Services to locate and identify children and youth suspected of or diagnosed with a disability who might have intellectual, physical, or emotional disabilities and are unable to benefit from the regular school program without special assistance.

Available Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to  3:40 pm. or call 876-3116 ext.746 for an appointment.




School Psychologist

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Ms. Mine Hearp

School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level degree program. they provide assessment and testing of students for special services. Consultation with teachers. Counseling for students. In addition, they provide prevention, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and program modification for special learning and/or behavioral needs.

Available Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00 am-3:30 pm.




School Nurse

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Mrs. Agnes Ukulu

School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students. School nurses facilitate health services such as immunizations, communicable disease control, vision and hearing screening and follow-up, health assessments and referrals, and health counselling and information for students and families. School nurses actively collaborate with school personnel, students and parents to create health plans and to administer medication.



CCS Military Family and Youth Liason

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Mr. Joseph Peek

The military family and youth liaison (MFYL) acts as a communication link between the installation and the school district in order to ease the transition for the military students. The MFYL coordinates and supports efforts to ease needs, build awareness of resources and connect those with needs to supportive solutions.

Contact:Mr. Joseph Peek
Phone Number: 910-678-7008




Military Student Transitions Consultant

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Mr. Mark Patton

The MSTC is a highly specialized education professional embedded with the school district. The MSTC is assigned specific schools like Seventy-First High School to provide assistance to military-connected students with needs related to increasing support system for social-emotional well-being and transition. The MSTC performs activities and delivers professional development within the school and community to support this goal. The MSTC works directly with children and parents on a daily basis. MSTCs are expected to be subject matter experts on numerous issues to assist our military-connected families – active duty, veteran, retired, National Guard/Reserves, or Civil Service employees.




Mr. Patton is available at 71st High School by appointment via email below:

Community ResourcesDial 2-1-1 or visit: NC 2-1-1

Student Accident Insurance: Student Accident Insurance

Published by Betty Houghtaling on September 9, 2020