Counselor Connection

  • Please fill out this form if you need any resources from your school counselors (i.e. food assistance)

    Pineville's school counselors are Mrs. Samantha Andrews and Ms. Tara Mills. Mrs. Andrews and Ms. Mills provide counseling to students on an as-needed basis. The mission of the Pineville Elementary Counseling department is to provide access to an equitable, student centered environment that holds high expectations for academic achievement, personal/social interactions, and career development for each student in a warm, caring environment that values cultural diversity.  We will collaborate with our stakeholders to provide every student with a comprehensive school counseling program.  We will eliminate barriers that impede students  from becoming effective lifelong learners.  Our success will be measured by analyzing outcome data.

    How can I see the counselor?

    School counselors recognize their primary obligation for confidentiality is to the student but balance that obligation with an understanding of the family or guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives (ASCA Code of Ethics).

    The role of the school counselor in regards to confidentiality is:

      • To support the students right to privacy and protect confidential information received from students, the family, guardian and staff members

      • To explain the meaning and limits of confidentiality to students in developmentally appropriate terms

      • To inform students and the family of the limits to confidentiality when: Student poses a danger to self or others, Court ordered disclosure, Consultation with other professionals in support of the student i.e. colleagues, supervisors, treatment teams, and other support personnel

      • To keep personal notes separate from educational records and not disclose their contents except when privacy exceptions exist

      • To adhere to all laws protecting student records, health information, and special services (i.e., HIPAA, FERPA, IDEA)


Phone: (980) 355-9361‬


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Samantha Andrews (Grades K, 2, & 4)

I am the School Counselor for grades K, 2, and 4.  I have been a school counselor for 11 years and I absolutely love this job.  This is my 7th year as a school counselor for Pineville Elementary School; previously, I was a middle school counselor.  I look forward to working with all of our Smilers this school year.  

Please fill out this form to refer your student for counseling services

Please fill out this form if you need any resources

Phone: (980) 343-3920


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Tara Mills (Grades K, 2, & 4)

Hello everyone! I am the School Counselor for grades 1,3, and 5. This is my 3rd year as a School Counselor, and I am so thrilled to be at Pineville Elementary this year! I am excited to work with and support all of our Smiler students and families!

Phone: (980) 277-2536


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Rachana Shah, MSW, LCSW (School Social Worker)

I received my master's in social work at UNC Charlotte in 2014. I have been the school social worker at Pineville Elementary since Spring of 2021. Prior to joining CMS, I worked as a clinical social worker for six years at a nonprofit mental health agency. I have enjoyed getting to know students and families at Pineville Elementary and I look forward to another great school year! As the school social worker, it is my role to promote academic achievement by linking families with school-based and community resources. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime you are in need of support.