At MICDS, we recognize that the social-emotional lives of our students are inextricably linked to their academic lives. Therefore, each division is served by a counselor, learning specialist, and nurse who support the MICDS mission to prepare students to think critically, act responsibly, and live virtuously and compassionately. They work to create a culture recognizing the importance of both an appreciation for learning and the continued development of strong moral character and personal responsibility. The learning specialists, counselors, and nurses work in close consultation with each other as well as with other faculty members, administration, and parents to help all students reach their true potential in intellectual character and responsibility.
Highlights from our programming and education with parents, students, and faculty in these areas within the past year include:
  • Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
  • Dr. David Walsh, author of Why Do They Act That Way? and Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids
  • Partnership with NCADA to provide drug and alcohol awareness and education at each division
  • Online safety and digital citizenship education
  • Prevention and intervention for relational aggression and other social issues
Current MICDS parents can refer to the Student Services Community Group on the portal for further information and resources available from all student services areas.  


Director of Student Services

Vicki Thurman, M.S., S.S.P.    
Certified School Psychologist

Vicki has over fourteen years of experience working with students and schools JK-12 in the roles of school psychologist, counselor, learning specialist, administrator, and consultant.  She has been part of the MICDS community for seven years.  Vicki presents regularly at the school, state and national level on a variety of topics including social skill development, crisis intervention and response, and assessment.