My name is Christina Welch.  I have been a school counselor for over 14 years in Watauga County.  I work in a K-8, Title I, rural school in the Appalachian Mountains.  I believe in the power of school counseling to change our communities and save lives.  I have served as President of the NC School Counseling Association for the 2015-2016 school year.  I serve on the NC Strategic Leadership Team, NC Whole Child Committee, and my county’s State of the Child Committee.  I worked with SREB to develop a college going culture module for elementary counselors and currently facilitate the modules offered by the College Foundation of NC about the counselor’s role in Post Secondary access.  I live in Boone, NC with my husband John and my two children Madison and Cam.  My favorite thing to do as a counselor is take students on field trips and give them real world experience!