Degrees and Certifications:
Masters of Arts, School Psychology Certificate of Advanced Studies Nationally Certified School Psychologist Licensed Psychological Associate
Welcome! My name is Dara Barnes. I have been a part of William Lenoir Middle for almost forever because I was also a student at WLMS. While studying psychology at Appalachian State University, I decided that I was most interested in working with children so I completed my Master's Degree in School Psychology. I have been employed as a School Psychologist in Caldwell County Schools for over 25 years, all of which have included WLMS. In addition to WLMS, I am the Lead School Psychologist for the district and serve several other schools from preschool through high school. There are currently only five School Psychologist in all of Caldwell County Schools.
As a School Psychologist, my role is to support students' ability to learn and support teachers' ability to teach. I collaborate with a variety of others including parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, social workers, nurses, and community agencies to promote both academic and social/emotional development.
At home, I am married and have one son, who is also a student at WLMS. I personally enjoy playing games/puzzles, renovation projects, yardwork/gardening, reading, and ice cream.