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Chris Allen

Counselor and Teacher, Upper School

Chris has been a member of Darlington’s counseling staff since 2006, working primarily with Upper School students. He also teaches AP Psychology, is a dorm parent and serves as a class grade-level chairman. Chris holds a B.A. from Carson-Newman College and an M.A. from Argosy University in Atlanta. Prior to Darlington, he spent 10 years as a counselor and associate director of counseling at Hidden Lake Academy in Dahlonega, Ga., where he was also the girls’ basketball coach for four seasons. He and his wife, Julie, are the parents of Amelia (’19) and Ellie (’22).

AP Psychology
College Education
B.A. Carson-Newman College
M.A. Argosy University

Professional Development Spotlight: Getting Inside the Brain

Counseling | Chris Allen, October 5, 2016
As a counselor and AP Psychology teacher I am often asked if I am trying to get inside people's brains. This summer, thanks to a grant from the Thatcher Foundation, I had the opportunity to literally get inside the brain.

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Professional development grants awarded to faculty members

May 10, 2016
Darlington School awarded professional development funds to faculty members following a competitive grant application process. The winners were officially announced last week at the annual Brown Faculty Appreciation Dinner.

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Senior Spotlight: Gabrielle Wood ('15)

Fine Arts | , April 15, 2015
Sophomore Krystyna Virkler interviews senior boarding student Gabrielle Wood about her year at Darlington and love of theater.

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These Are the Times to Remember -- A Dad's Experience at the One Direction Concert

Counseling | Chris Allen, October 2, 2014
I am sitting at my desk this morning, exhausted, having taken my 10-year-old daughter, Ellie, to a One Direction concert last night. The music was so loud, my seat was vibrating. I am pretty sure I have some permanent hearing loss. And ... I had the time of my life.

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Thank You Mrs. Leggett…Wherever You Are

Academic Administration | Chris Allen, May 6, 2014
In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to thank all of the teachers that show patience, take the time to build relationships, and care enough to challenge children with a sense of compassion. This is the story of one of you...

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Helping Your Child Shake Shyness & Make New Friends

Counseling | Chris Allen, August 26, 2013
As your children get settled into the new school year, much of their attention turns to making friends. Check out this blog that was shared with your students about ways to overcome those shy feelings and make connections with other students.

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How To Miss a Childhood

Counseling | Chris Allen, August 25, 2013
There was a time when we were with our children that we were really with them. We engaged in a back-and-forth dialog even if they were pre-verbal. We said, "Look at the bus, see the doggie, etc." Nowadays, all to often we are on the phone, pushing our kids on the swing while distracted by our devices.

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5 Facts to Help Your Child with Goal Setting

Counseling | Chris Allen, August 20, 2013
As the new school year starts, most of our children are setting goals for themselves. Here are some tips that we have shared with the Upper School students about goal setting that you might want to talk about with your children.

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Prom Tips for Parents

Student Life | Chris Allen, April 9, 2013
Prom night 2013 is coming up next week and it is sure to be a wonderful evening for all involved. As exciting as prom night is, it can be stressful for parents. As is always the case with prom night, there will be a lot of teens on the road next Saturday night as well as attending prom after-parties following the dance. These tips, from will help you ensure a safe, worry-free evening.

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How to Talk With Your Children About the Tragedy in Connecticut

Counseling | Chris Allen, December 14, 2012
Most of you are aware by now of the tragic school shooting that took place this morning in Connecticut. To guide parents through difficult discussions about school violence, the National Mental Health Association offers the following suggestions.

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