Meet our Team
- Heather Mills, Director of Guidance & College Counseling
- Kim Macurda, Guidance Counselor
- Emily Lee, Personal Counselor
- Kelly Turner, Guidance Assistant
Director of Guidance and College Counseling
704-814-1065 | Email | Serving CDS since 2003 | BA, Oklahoma Wesleyan; MA, Winthrop University
Heather Mills is the Director of Guidance and College Counseling at Covenant Day School. Double-majoring in history/political science and secondary education with a minor in Bible, she earned her undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. She earned her master's degree in history from Winthrop University. She has twenty-three years of experience in education and twenty years working with students in the field of guidance and college counseling. Growing up on college campuses has given her a unique perspective on the significance of the college years. Her passion is to see students embracing a lifelong love of learning, growing in their knowledge of truth while wrestling with the challenges of life, and discovering how to integrate their faith and learning. She seeks to help students identify their strengths and weaknesses, discover God’s calling in their lives, and encourage them to use their giftedness in their vocation.
She seeks to assist all high school students throughout their academic career in order to be well prepared for a life of service beyond Covenant Day. This includes course selections, academic counseling, and navigating the college search and admissions process. She is available to meet with all juniors and their parents mid-year to discuss the timeline, importance, and process of considering college options as well as with the seniors, who are regularly checking in with her throughout their final year. She recognizes that it is a privilege to walk alongside students during these high school years and strives to offer them a helpful perspective. Whether she is having a one-on-one conversation with a student, meeting with an entire class, or presenting to parents at a college information event, Heather reminds her audience of God’s goodness and sovereignty in each of our lives and that rather than determining our futures, we ought to discover them.
704-708-6174 | Email | Serving CDS since 2016 | BA, UNC Chapel Hill; MA, Georgia State University
Kim Macurda serves as a guidance counselor for Covenant Day's high school. A native of North Carolina, she earned her bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied international studies. After moving to Atlanta and working as a counselor for the American Red Cross, she attended Georgia State University where she earned a master's degree in instructional technology. She then worked for five years at Bank of America, followed by five more years of consulting in project management and training development. Kim then worked for five years as the registrar and assistant to the academic dean at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte.
After being a parent at Covenant Day school for a number of years, she came to work in the business office as the registrar and database manager. In the fall of 2018, she moved into the high school guidance office into a role that combines elements of her previous counseling, training, project management, and academic advising experience into one. Kim loves working one-on-one with the students and helping them transition and navigate high school. She also enjoys assisting the families at Covenant Day school and helping provide resources for our parents. Kim is so thankful for the privilege to work for an organization that boldly proclaims the name of Christ and hopes to foster this environment for all of the students and families.
Emily Lee, MA, LMFT
704-708-6100 | Email | Serving CDS since 2021 | BA, Florida State University; MA, Reformed Theological Seminary
Emily Lee is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of North Carolina. She has been a Covenant Day parent since 2017, and her background includes a bachelor's degree in Communication and Psychology from Florida State University and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary. Emily's career has included in-home therapy services, inpatient counseling with teens and adults, supervising graduate counseling students, and private practice.
Emily has been married for eighteen years and has three children at Covenant Day School. Her approach to life and counseling comes from her Christian faith and perspective. She has witnessed healing and growth coming from an honest assessment of what someone is experiencing emotionally, physically, and spiritually. No matter where students are on their journey of faith, Emily strives to offer a place of help and hope. Over twenty years ago, Emily began her work with individuals and families. She is grateful now to engage with high schoolers and parents to offer a practical and hopeful voice as they approach “launching.” She loves being an additional student resource as the faculty and staff support the students navigating high school at CDS. She works to help students put words and order to what they are experiencing and believes when any teenager is feeling lost or overwhelmed, time with a trained counselor can help them find next steps toward relief and hope.
704-814-1075 | Email | Serving CDS since 2012 | BA, Salem College
Kelly Turner is the assistant to Heather Mills in the Guidance department at Covenant Day High School. Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in management with an emphasis in computer science at Salem College in Winston-Salem. After being a parent at Covenant Day School and the treasurer of the Booster Club for a number of years, Kelly began working in the CDS Business Office in 2012. For several years Kelly split her time between the Business Office and High School Guidance, but in 2019 she transitioned to full time in the High School Guidance department. Kelly is excited to be working in the Covenant Day community she treasures and serving the students and families she enjoys so much.