New Dean of Students looks to bring her counseling experience to the position

Charlie Byrd, Co-Assistant Sports Editor

Though she is new to us, Dr. Laura Inscoe certainly is not unfamiliar with the school system or dealing with obstacles students face.

The task of Dean of Students comes with many different responsibilities in addition to those associated with school counselors.

“I am a school counselor. I work with students on academics, college and career plans and social/emotional needs. In addition to counseling, as Dean of Students, I am involved in program planning, registration and scheduling, collaborating with staff and professional development planning,” Inscoe said. “No two days are the same for me. I constantly look for ways to improve.”

Inscoe has won multiple awards for her outstanding skills. In 2015 Inscoe was nominated for National Counselor of the Year and was invited to the White House to be recognized.

“It was truly the highlight of my life. I knew that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The semifinalists were involved in a press conference with Michelle Obama regarding her Reach Higher initiative,” Inscoe said. “After the press conference we spent the day at the White House touring on our own and eating delicious food. I became friends with the White House historian who shared facts about each room and the significance of the items and décor. That evening, we had a gala at Union Station in DC, where we were presented with our awards. I tried to soak in every second of it, as it was a one I will never forget.”

In her 17 years prior to coming to our school, Inscoe worked at Wakefield Middle and high schools and during that span she received other honors as well.

Inscoe was named High School Counselor of the year for WCPSS in 2013 and Secondary School Counselor of the year in 2014.

“Each was truly an honor. There are so many wonderful school counselors in our school, the county, the state and the nation. I have focused on being student-centered, data-driven and relationship-oriented. I try to see humor in most situations, as it helps me stay grounded,” Inscoe said.

Inscoe enjoys working with all the students and colleagues that have encounters with her on the daily basis.

Inscoe said, “Wake Forest High School has welcomed me with open arms. I feel myself growing professionally every day. I appreciate the collaboration between counselors and other staff members. I also appreciate how respectful the students are overall. Ms. Hamler and I share a similar vision, so working for and with her has already been rewarding.”