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Counselor Connection Newsletter

The School Counselors at First Flight High School help all students address developmental needs. Acting as student's advocate, the role or a school counselor is to provide and deliver a comprehensive school counseling program encouraging all students' academic, career and social/emotional development and helping all students in maximizing their student achievement (American School Counselor Association).

From your Counselors at First Flight High School:

We are here to support you in any way possible during these unpredictable times. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need our support. In an effort to simplify and streamline information from the First Flight High School Counseling Center, we have included very important information on Scholarships, College of the Albemarle, Registration for next year and other details.

Counseling and Office Hours:

Counselors are available during their office hours 8 AM-3 PM Monday-Thursday and 8-9 and 1-3 Fridays via email.

English as a Second Language:


  • Local Scholarship packages are available in February.

COA-Dual Enrollment:

  • COA paperwork can be dropped off at school from 9:00 until noon on Friday, March 27th If students are unable to come to the school building, they can scan and email the paperwork to Ms. Beth Garrett at
  • Returning COA students who were unable to attend the registration session with Mrs. Cross will receive an email from Ms. Garrett with next steps

Mrs. Mitchell-Counseling Secretary:

If you need transcripts, please email Mrs. Mitchell at She will email it to you or give you a pick up time depending on the need.

Contact information for FFHS Counselors:

  • Mrs. Amy White Alphabet H-N;
  • Mrs. Lisa Wheless Alphabet A-G;
  • Ms. Beth Garrett (Lead School Counselor) Alphabet O-Z;

Meet the counselors here!

Lisa Wheless

Lisa Wheless, Counselor (last names A-G) | 252-449-7000 EXT 2432

My name is Lisa Wheless and this is my ninth year at First Flight High School.  I have 15 years all together as a school counselor in Dare County. 

I was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to a military dad and a mom from Czechoslovakia.  I am one of five children and am an identical twin. I have my BA in Art History from Chapel Hill (where my twin and I played tennis) and my MEd from Campbell University in School Guidance and Counseling.  I am married with two children.

I feel I have found my calling as a counselor and am excited to work with young adults as a career.

Amy White

Amy White, Lead Counselor, (last names H-N) | 252-449-7000 EXT 2443

Hi. My name is Amy White and this is my 7th year at FFHS. I have been a school counselor for 19 years, starting my career in South Florida. I’m originally from Pittsburgh, PA (Go Steelers!). I currently live in Kill Devil Hills with my husband and daughter. I enjoy working with the students to provide academic, social/emotional support and college/career planning. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or you need assistance.

Beth Garrett

Beth Garrett, Counselor (last names O-Z) | 252-449-7000 EXT 2448

My name is Beth Garrett and I have been working as a school counselor since 2013. I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with my M.Ed. in Counselor Education. Prior to that I lived in Delray Beach, Florida for eight years. I attended Florida Atlantic University where I earned my BA in English. I love my son, the beach and working with young people to support their academic, occupational, and social/emotional needs.

Mary Jo Windley

Mary Jo Windley, Career Development Coordinator | 252-449-7000 EXT 2499

Greetings! I’m Mary Jo Windley and this is my second year at First Flight High School. My background includes career planning and development experience at both high school and university levels. I’m excited to be returning to our home community of Kill Devil Hills. Prior to arriving in Dare County Schools, I enjoyed a career in healthcare and was a business & information technology educator. I’m eager to assist students in career exploration, planning, and educational opportunities. Contact me if I may be of assistance.

Debbie Mitchell

Debbie Mitchell, Secretary | 252-449-7000 EXT 2444

My name is Debbie Mitchell. I am a counseling secretary and I have been employed with the Dare County Schools for 16 years. I am originally from upstate New York and I am a huge Appalachian State fan. I currently live in Kill Devil Hills with my husband and my three dogs, but I have two grown sons and three granddaughters and a grandson. I enjoy working in the counseling center and helping students any way I can.

Kate Carbocci, School Counselor Intern

Hi, my name is Kate Carbocci. I am a school counseling intern pursuing my M.Ed. in Counselor Education from NC State with an expected graduation date of May 2021. Prior to that I was living in NYC working for an educational non-profit for 10 years. I attended New York University for my undergrad degree where I earned my BA in Psychology. I grew up in Kitty Hawk and graduated from First Flight in 2006. I currently reside in Manteo with my partner and our cat, Marigold. I look forward to providing academic and social/emotional support to students and am excited to be back at my alma mater!