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BOE District 3 challenger wants to change the way schools handle mental health
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Joe Stapp. - photo by For the Dawson County News
Political newcomer Joe Stapp decided to run for the Dawson County District 3 Board of Education seat after several parents and students expressed concern about student mental health not being adequately addressed in the school system. Stapp, 48, has lived in Dawson County since 2004 and works as the owner and licensed psychotherapist of Blue Ridge Counseling. He has worked to provide individual, family and marital counseling for children, adolescents and adults in the community since 2009. He previously worked as a counselor at ACCARES in Dawsonville and as clinical director and headmaster at Hidden lake Academy/Ridge Creek School in Dahlonega, a therapeutic boarding school, as well as regional deputy director and clinical supervisor with Avita Community Partners.