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Student Services

Our Mission: Student Services is committed to supporting the instructional process by identifying and eliminating barriers to learning, advocating for the needs of the whole child, and empowering all students to become lifelong learners in the 21st century.

Below are some of the Special Resources Available at Cumberland International Early College High School.

School Counselor: Jennifer Theel

Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a Master’s degree in school counseling making them uniquely qualified to address students’ cognitive, socio-emotional and career development needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program. They also provide consultation, individual and group counseling, academic advisement. In addition, they provide prevention, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution.


Hours of availability: 8:45 am – 4:15 pm Mondays through Fridays

AIG Coordinator: Laura Lucchino

Our school AIG Coordinator is Ms. Laura Lucchino. She also is our contact person for NC Governor’s School and Summer Ventures. 

AIG Plan

NC Governor’s School

Summer Ventures


Hours of availability: 8:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursday

School Social Worker:  Helena McAllister

School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a Bachelors or Master’s degree in social work. They are the link between the home, school, and community. School social workers provide direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel such as monitoring school attendance, promoting dropout prevention, consultation, information and referral, identification of at-risk students, and counseling. In addition, they provide prevention, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution.


Hours of availability: 8:45 a..m – 4:35 p.m. on Wednesdays 

College Liaison:  Constance Hollingsworth-Pierce

The College Liaison will foster the development of positive relationships between FSU Students and FSU Staff with Cumberland International Early College and Cross Creek Early College Students and Staff.  Identify ways for the early college to collaborate with existing programs at Fayetteville State University. Develop four-year plans of study combining secondary and post-secondary coursework to ensure the attainment of two years of transferable college credit. Work with secondary and post-secondary faculty in coordinating schedules that will allow access to required coursework. Provide support for the gradual transitions into increasing student independence in their post-secondary coursework. Advise first-year University students on proposed majors, orientation, and Transfer Student Programs.  Provide instruction in one section of University Seminar.  

Hours of availability: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Fridays 

CCS Military Family & Youth Liaison:  Howard Lattimore  

The military family and youth liaison (MFYL) acts as a communication link between the installation and the school district in order to ease the transition for the military students. The MFYL coordinates and supports efforts to: assess needs, build awareness of resources, and connect those with needs to supportive solutions.

Hours of availability: 8:00 a.m. – 4 :00 p.m. Monday through Friday 

School Nurse: Linda Cusi

School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students.  School nurses facilitate health services such as immunizations, communicable disease control, vision and hearing screening and follow-up, health assessments, and referrals, and health counseling and information for students and families.  School nurses actively collaborate with school personnel, students and parents to create health plans and to administer medication.
Hours of availability: Thursday mornings

Community Resources:

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School Exceptional Children Case Teacher: Emily Robinson
Phone: (910) 672-2830
The EC Case Teacher can address concerns for students eligible for special education services. They can verify service implementation and communicate with the student’s team to meet their academic and functional needs. In addition, she can coordinate Child Find. This is a coordinated effort between the Student Services Team and the Exceptional Children Services to locate and identify children and youth suspected of or diagnosed with a disability who might have intellectual, physical, or emotional disabilities and are unable to benefit from the regular school program without special assistance.
Published by Anyonga Blackwell on August 28, 2018
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