Carolina High School and Academy

Dani Henderson, a Communities In Schools alumni, has transitioned from Tanglewood Middle to Carolina High School as the new student support specialist, with a priority focus on 9th grade transition. Prior to joining Communities In Schools, Dani volunteered with agencies in Asheville, NC focusing on education, at-risk youth, and substance abuse and dependency. She worked as a case manager for youth-in-crisis in a therapeutic setting, and as a student support coach at a residential treatment facility where she used a relationship-based approach to healing from traumatic experiences. Dani is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree from Western New Mexico University, and holds a BSW from Warren Wilson College. She is excited about the opportunity to contribute her knowledge and passion to students through goal setting and attainment, as she is grateful for the impact Communities In Schools had on her in such a transitional period of her life.


Sarah Umsted is a native of Westen North Carolina, growing up in Morganton. She went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics. She is currently continuing her education at Clemson Univerity pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree. Sarah has worked in community development since 2016 through several organizations and community partnerships to promote healthier futures and economic opportunities for communities in South Carolina. Her first opportunity with Communities In Schools began as an after-school instructor at Alexander Elementary, and she is now excited to expand her commitment to students in her new role at Carolina High School and Academy in addition to her work at Alexander Elementary School. Sarah is passionate about public policy surrounding education and hopes to use this passion in her roles with Communities In Schools.  Her goal is to help 9th-grade students succed in their high school career through targeted goal setting.