Hello! My name is Lora Atkins and I grew up surrounded by the corn fields of Indiana. Even though I wasn't raised here, I got here as soon as I could. I completed my Master's in School Counseling in December of 2010. After working in high school and elementary schools, I've settled in at West McDowell Middle School. I absolutely love being here! Every day I'm inspired, encouraged, and entertained by the students and staff.
Our wonderful counseling assistant Judy Biggerstaff
Judy completes the West McDowell Middle School counseling department along with Lora and Ellen. Judy provides invaluable assistance to all departments at West and is the primary liaison between counseling, bookkeeping, and the PowerSchool database coordinator. Along with her administrative duties, Judy somehow finds spare time to be the cumulative records keeper as well as the school supply coordinator. Judy is married to local barber Jerry Biggerstaff and has lived in McDowell County since 1964.