Meet the School Counselors!

Tara Mowrey

My name is Tara Ross-Mowrey, the students know me as Ms. Mowrey, and I am the school counselor at Candler Elementary School. I began working here in January 2010 and I absolutely love it! I am originally from Ohio and attended Ohio University for my BA in Child and Family Studies. During college I also obtained a minor in Spanish. I was fortunate to be able to study abroad in Pamplona, Spain where I became relatively fluent in Spanish. After college I moved to Asheville and worked for Asheville City Schools Early Head Start Program. Eventually I decided to return to college to obtain my Master's in School Counseling from Western Carolina University. 

The purpose of the counseling program at Candler Elementary is to provide a safe environment for students to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. I work with students in many different capacities including classroom guidance, small groups and individual counseling. Guidance lessons focus on topics such as bullying, friendship, goal setting, manners, diversity, career exploration, and conflict resolution. Students are referred to me by parents, teachers or by themselves. Please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Meet your K-2 School Counselor

Erin Schlecht

Candler Elementary

I look forward to another great school year at Candler Elementary! I am excited to be here and enjoy getting to know every student throughout the year. This is my fifth year at Candler. I work primarily with K-2 students providing classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling, and individual counseling. My schedule at Candler is Monday and Tuesday from 7:15-3:15 and Thursday from 9:00-1:00.

I have also worked as a school counselor at Barnardsville Elementary and was previously employed by Haywood County Schools before moving to Buncombe County. I graduated from Western Carolina University with my Master’s degree in School Counseling in 2001. In 2005, I received a Post-Master’s Certificate in Advanced School Counseling from UNC-G. I am also a Nationally Certified School Counselor. 

Please let me know if I can assist you or your child in any way!

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