CIC Profiles: Ms. Crider and Dr. Freuler

Photo by Kaya Hencke

April Crider, School Social Worker

What is your background before coming to Carrboro?

I got a bachelor’s degree to be a French teacher and then never taught a day of French. I worked in a group home in San Francisco and really liked that kind of work and I got my Master’s in Social Work. I worked in community mental health and then at Child Protective Services for about 10 or 11 years and then moved to this school when it opened.

What’s your role in the CIC?

I do a lot of different things, one of the things is to link families or students to resources in the community that they might need, whether it’s food resources like PORCH, or if we have a pregnant student that wants to get with the adolescent parenting program, mental health services, if a student is going to drop out, and I run the attendance letters. I speak Spanish… relatively well, so I work with a lot of the Latino families and students. 

What is your best piece of advice for high schoolers?

My best piece of advice is to not try to keep up with everybody else, that everyone has their own path through life.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I used to play roller derby with the Carolina Rollergirls and my name was Delia Harm.

Photo by Kaya Hencke

Ashley Freuler, Mental Health Specialist

What is your background before coming to Carrboro?

I’m from Atlanta, Georgia originally, I went to undergrad at University of Georgia, studied sociology and after that, I got married and moved to Kansas and lived on a military base, Fort Riley, while I went to grad school at Kansas State University. Then, we moved to Oregon for a little while and then back to North Carolina where I came to do my Doctorate at UNC-Chapel Hill and now we live on a farm in Chatham County and my husband is active duty at Fort Bragg and currently in Afghanistan.

What’s your role in the CIC?

My new position title is the Mental health specialist and my role in the CIC is to work collaboratively with Ms. Crider, the social worker, and the counselors to support the mental health and wellness of our students. I do mostly one-on-one work with students as needed, I also am going into the classrooms and talking about stress and how to manage stress and balance life.

What is your best piece of advice for high schoolers?

Be intentional about striving for balance and also academic success. Starting out that way as a freshman and getting in the habit of having some balance so that you don’t burn out by your junior year, because college awaits and it also requires a lot of energy.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I have five pigs. 

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Kaya is a Senior at Carrboro, this is her first year at the JagWire and she’s a staff writer. In her free time, Kaya enjoys reading, traveling and playing with her pets, Aussie and Belle.
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