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Kareen Taylor, School Counselor (10th-12th grade)

What is your background before coming to Carrboro?

I was at Culbreth Middle school for 3 or 4 years then I interned here while I was in grad school at North Carolina Central University and interned for a full year then got hired at the end of that year. 

What are your goals for working with students?

My goal is to be firm, fair, and consistent. Firm meaning I stay not too hard, just give them great guidance. Fair just be fair to all students. Being consistent is just being the same person throughout the year and to each student.

How can the CIC help students?

Right now there’s a snapshot list that each grade level should be doing to prepare themselves for college. So, it’s now becoming familiar with every student and figuring out the student’s needs in this school in particular and once we figure out all of that then we have a grasp on what we’re dealing with and how we can serve our students better. Because at the end of the day we’re here to serve the students, not for the students to serve us. 

What’s a fun fact about you?

I enjoy fishing and I love a good game of chess.

Michele Brooks, Student Service Secretary

What is your background before coming to Carrboro?

I worked at Chapel Hill High School before this school opened, prior to that I was a secretary at a residential group home with disabled children. Those were my biggest meaningful jobs, I loved in Ma

What’s your role in the CIC?

My biggest role besides being the first person you see when you come in, [is that] I do a lot of the student records. So being the Student Services Secretary I can help set you up with whoever it is that you need to see in here but I’m also the ones behind the scenes doing all of the paperwork. 

How can the CIC help students?

I’ve been here since the school opened and I’ve seen it change a lot over the years in the staff that we’ve had and I honestly feel like we’re at the best we’ve ever been. Kudos to the counselors that we have, Ms. Coley is awesome, when it comes to having the resources and stuff like that, I feel like the people up here go out of their way to make sure that kids have what they need. 

What’s a fun fact about you?

I love bluegrass music, I used to square dance and clog when I was a kid because my grandfather played the fiddle and the banjo in a bluegrass band.


About Kaya Hencke

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.