Academic Support

Griffith, Karen

Karen GriffithKaren Griffith

Karen Griffith, PhD, LPC, worked in public education for 35 years, 27 as a school counselor, earning multiple state and national recognitions. Now retired, she works at the University of Georgia as an Assistant Professor (Term-Limited) in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, and with ASCA as a trainer on the national model, Lead RAMP Reviewer, and Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Counseling and Development. She has authored three books and several articles, and speaks at state and national conferences on a variety of topics. Her primary area of research is around resiliency.

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Williams, Deirdra

Julia TaylorDeirdra Williams

Deirdra is a graduate of NC State University (French Language and Literature) and NC Central University, where she received a Master of Arts in School Counseling. As a National Board Certified Teacher in K – 12 school counseling, she enjoys practicing school counseling at the secondary level so that she can help students prepare for and make a positive transition to post high school. She believes all students can learn and have something special to contribute to society. They just need the right resources and be willing to put forth a little effort.

Deirdra has been a professional school counselor in Wake County Public Schools for over 14 years. She has been able to advocate for school counseling and student achievement by actively using ASCA National Model documents to show evidence of a data driven and student centered school counseling program. During her tenure in the district, she has led two separate counseling teams to RAMP status, one receiving RAMP in just the school’s second year of existence. She currently serves as an ASCA RAMP reviewer and has traveled the state teaching and encouraging school counselors to use the ASCA National model to advocate for students and the profession.

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