CIC Staff Profiles: Mr. Lathan and Ms. Karcher

Photo by Kaya Hencke

Ken Lathan, School Counselor (10th-12th)

What is your background before coming to Carrboro?

This is my 16th year of counseling, I’ve been a counselor in surrounding states, in South Carolina and Georgia, and of course North Carolina. I’ve been coaching ever since then, I’ve been an assistant coach in those other two states and started out as an assistant coach here in Raleigh before I got my opportunity here at Carrboro.

What are your goals for working with students?

My goal is to help students reach their goals and be able to do what they want to do in a way that is not detrimental to their mental state. I want for their high school experience to be as fun and get as much out of their high school experience.

What is your best piece of advice for high schoolers?

Enjoy the ride, do as much as possible, play sports, be active, join clubs, just enjoy being a high school kid and let all the stresses go and not worry so much. You have the rest of your life to worry about things.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I have a great grandmother who’s the oldest person in the US right now, she’s 115 [years old].

Photo by Kaya Hencke

Linda Karcher, Student Assistant Program Counselor 

What is your background before coming to Carrboro?

I worked with Alamance-Burlington school system and I was a transition counselor, so I developed a transition program for students that were returning to school from non-traditional places like long term hospitalization or incarceration. 

What’s your role in the CIC?

I have two hats: one is the Student Assistant Program Counsellor (SAP for short) and basically that’s providing support and resources around substance abuse and mental health, so prevention and intervention. And then the other hat is I’m also the 504 Coordinator, so working with students that have disabilities and most of the 504 students will have an accommodation plan that will level the playing field. 

How can the CIC help students?

It’s also called student services or guidance and I think student services or guidance probably captures more of what we all do here. This is kind of like one-stop-shopping because all of us are up here that can provide extra resources. It might be a counselor, social worker, we do a lot of what I call tag-teaming, so usually, there’s someone here that can assist students that are stressed out or having some concerns or need somebody. 

What’s a fun fact about you?

I love teaching yoga and I’m hoping to get a club up and running again this year. Last year it really didn’t get off the ground but prior to that, I had been holding short yoga classes during lunch. 

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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.