Degrees and Certifications:
B.B.A Business Management M.Ed Mental Health Counseling Certified School Counselor Pk-Adult
Mrs. Candace Fletcher
Mrs. Fletcher has been a school counselor in Mingo County since 2014 and is currently employed at two schools, Tug Valley High School and Dingess Elementary School. She is a life long resident of Mingo County and a 2004 graduate of Burch High School.
After graduating high school, Mrs. Fletcher chose to further her education at Southern WV Community College before transferring to Marshall University in 2006. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management from Marshall University in 2008. She then went on to earn her Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College in 2010 and later completed her School Counseling Certification at Marshall University.
Mrs. Fletcher is currently the GEAR UP Coordinator and AP Coordinator at Tug Valley High School. As GU coordinator she hostes College Application and Exploration Week anually, helps students explore colleges through college campus tours, organizes FAFSA workshops to help students and parents file the FAFSA, hosts the Senior Graduation Walk at the feeder school, and organizes College Decision Day. Since 2016, Mrs. Fletcher has met or exceeded the yearly state FAFSA goal of 63% by helping seniors and parents file the FAFSA. In 2019 and 2020 she received the Champion of College Access and Success award from the West Virginia College Foundation.
As the counselor at Dingess Elementary school, Mrs. Fletcher does weelky classroom lessons with students about respect, responsibility, friendship, and high school/college/career readiness. She organized the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Exploration event, which brought TVHS CTE teachers and students to Dingess to showcase programs that will be available to students as they move through school. Mrs. Fletcher eventually hopes to have all CTE programs from Tug Valley and Mingo Central come present to the students at Dingess Elementary School. She also started the Kindness Counts Program in which students earn Kindness Coins for appropriate/improved behavior as well as random acts of kindness. The Kindness Counts program is now a part of the schools Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) program, which aims to improve social, emotion, behavioral, and academic outcomes for all students.