Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Shandrai Silva

Hello, my name is Shandrai Silva.  I am the school counselor at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy.  I have a Master's degree in Counseling.  I'm also a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC).  I have been a school counselor with Gaston County Schools since 2003.  Prior to coming to Gaston County Schools, I worked with children and families in various settings (group homes, foster care, intensive in-home and school-based mental health counseling).  
I'd like to take this opportunity to share a few things about the school counseling program at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy. The goal of the school counseling program is to address the developmental needs of all students through a program that addresses the academic/cognitive, career and socio-emotional development of all students.  At Hawks Nest, I have the opportunity to see every student through classroom guidance.  In classroom guidance, we will explore topics related to character education, friendship, bullying, emotions, goal-setting, college & careers and more.  I also meet with students individually and in small groups. Students may talk with a school counselor about a variety of things - feelings, relationships, understanding others, and problem-solving are just a few.  No concern is too big or too small.  Please see the school counselor's brochure attached for more information about the school counseling program at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy.  
Our vision at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy is to create a learning environment that inspires success and a lifetime of learning.  As the school counselor at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, I am committed to this vision and to making each student's experience here at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy an enjoyable one where they are becoming the best they can be academically and personally. 
Please feel free to contact me regarding the school counseling program.  I can be reached by calling the school at 704-866-8467 or by email at



 Hawks Nest School Counselor Brochure