2017-09-23 / The Bullhorn

Ragland new adition to RCS Guidance depart ment

By Camdyn Fickes and Morgan Winstead
Bullhorn Report ers

Latonya Ragland Latonya Ragland Latonya Ragland is a new addition to the expanded guidance department at Roxboro Community School (RCS) for the 2017-18 school year.

Ragland joins Sandy Acheampong and Suzy Horton as counselors. The department also includes registrar Carrie Hawkins and testing coodinator Jodi DeVillier.

Ragland is a Roxboro native and said she is happy to be working at RCS after working with Orange County Schools for two years.

She said she was ready to come back closer to home. Living in Person County, Ragland’s job at RCS can be more convenient.

Ragland has experience working with exceptional children and said she enjoys helping them with their needs outside of school.

Her job at RCS has been busy so far, but Ragland said she is thankful for the assistance and guidance provided by RCS high school principal Darkarai Bryant.

Outside of school, Ragland participates in church ministry by helping and serving as a mentor to the dance group at her church. She said she also loves to shop and spend time with family and friends.

Ragland has not always been in guidance. Before her work with Orange County Schools, she was an exceptional children teacher at South Elementary School in Roxboro.

Ragland said, “It was there when I realized that my calling was for counseling.”

Before she worked at South Elementary, Ragland was a child placement coordinator and licensed coordinator at Easterseals, which she said is an indispensable resource for people with disabilities and their families.

Ragland licensed foster homes and placed children with foster care.

“I placed them with their forever families, and that was very rewarding to me,” said Ragland.

For her undergraduate degree, Ragland attended N.C. A & T University. For her graduate degree, she attended North Carolina Central University.

According to Ragland, the last few weeks have been busy. It has been a challenge learning her way around a new school and accepting new responsibilities, but she said that she is enjoying her new environment.

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