Meet the Student Services Team


Crystal Alexander, Graduation Coach & Dropout Prevention Coordinator

My Role:
My goal as a Graduation coach and Drop-out prevention coordinator is to provide support, coaching, and resources for students who are struggling academically and with attendance, and who may not be on target to graduate. My goal is to get as many A. L. Brown students as possible across that stage in June!

Educational Background:
UNC Charlotte - B.A. in French and English Salem College - Teachers License UNC Charlotte - MA in Counseling (In progress)
 
Core Beliefs/Values:
Every person has worth and should be treated with kindness, compassion, and dignity. Most people can benefit from support, guidance, direction, or a listening ear, and can flourish when they feel they have a safe place to seek support. High school students are no different. Therefore, I believe each student at A. L. Brown is worthy of our attention, focus, support, and kindness.

Educational/Professional Experiences: 
I have been teaching & supporting students @  A.L. Brown High School since 2001.

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Bethani Cogburn, MA, NCC

Professional School Counselor, Last Names A-G

My Role:
I work with students on their academic success, college and career planning, as well as anything else that may be going on
   in their lives. I strive to help every student reach their goals. I collaborate with other staff in the building, parents, and community professionals to make that happen. 

Educational Background:
UNC Charlotte - Post-Master's Certificate in School Counseling
UNC Charlotte - MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling  
Belmont Abbey College - BA Sociology 
NCC - Nationally Certified Counselor

Core Beliefs/Values:
I believe that every student can be empowered to enter the 21st century workforce with skills that will enable them to become successful. It is my passion to meet students where they are and walk with them through this journey.

Educational/Professional Experiences:
I have 2 years of experience as a High School Counselor. I'm starting my third year at A.L. Brown High School.

Also Note:
I am the advisor for Club Vertical and the co-advisor for The Wonder Spectrum (GSA).

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Barry Lipscomb
Professional School Counselor, Last Names H-O

My Role:
School Counselor for students who's last name fall within letters H-O and also NCAA Liaison

Educational Background

A. L Brown High School Graduate Class 1992 
BS Psychology Elizabeth City State University
UNC Charlotte Teaching Certification Special Education 
Master Education Special Education Grand Canyon University 
Master Education School Counseling Liberty University

Core Beliefs/Values
Having knowledge is not as powerful as sharing knowledge.

Educational/Professional Experiences:


"I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that . Then I realized that I am somebody." Lily Tomlin

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Dia Harden
Professional School Counselor, Last Names P-Z
Student Services Department Chair

My Role:


Educational Background:
UNC Charlotte Charlotte NC - PhD in Counseling
University of Florida Gainesville FL - MEd/EdS School Counseling
Georgia Southern University Statesboro GA - BS Psychology/BA Spanish
Triple P Parenting Provider

Core Beliefs/Values:


Educational/Professional Experiences:

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Michele Pitts - AIG/AP Academy Coordinator Grade 9-12 AP/AIG Students Last Names A-Z

My Role:

Educational Background:

Academically and Intellectually Gifted Teaching License K-12
University North Carolina at Charlotte
North Carolina HOUSSE Certification English Language Arts
State University College at Buffalo NY - BS Secondary Social Studies Education 

Core Beliefs/Values:

Educational/Professional Experiences:

Fifteen years teaching experience with Kannapolis City Schools as the
Academically/Intellectually Gifted Teacher of ELA and as a Social
Studies/History teacher
Served as the Academically/Intellectually Gifted Coordinator for
Kannapolis Middle School for seven years.

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Angela Ward - Coordinator of Behavioral Health/Community Liaison

My Role:
Coordinator of Behavioral Health

Educational Background: 
Florida State University- MSW Child & Family Mental Health
UNC - Adv. Certificate
University of South Florida  - BS Psychology 
St. Petersberg College - AA&AS - Human Services

Core Beliefs/Values:
I believe that all students can learn something. It is a joint journey to help our students find what works best for them to achieve their goals & aspirations.

Educational/Professional Experiences:
KCS- 22 years - Student Services
20 years - mental health administrator, clinical coordinator, child & family therapist

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Garret Deal

My Role:
My role as a full-year counseling intern involves a combination of many different roles. I spend the majority of my time working in much the same way a school counselor would, plus I work with supervisors, both at A.L. Brown and UNC Charlotte. My work with these supervisors allows me the opportunity to learn from professionals in the field as well as receive feedback about my current work.

When I'm not working with a supervisor, I try to be with students as much as possible. I help provide students the support they need in the personal/social, academic, and career aspects of their lives. I help students create attainable goals around their academic and career aspirations as well as advocate for policy change that will positively influence the school environment.

Educational Background:
NC State University - Bachelors in Communication I am currently in the process if finishing up UNC Charlotte - currently finishing my Masters in Counseling
Core Beliefs/Values:
At my core belief as a counselor is that all students are capable of success if they are provided with a caring environment. Whether it's in the classroom or provided by student services, students who feel that they matter and are cared for will ultimately find success in their lives, not just academically, but socially as well.

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