The counseling center is an integral part of the educational program at Lutheran North. Our counseling professionals nurture students in their spiritual, academic, emotional and vocational development. Counselors use a proactive, developmental approach to assist students in making wise decisions personally, academically and vocationally.
Our structured academic and college counseling is deliberately focused on planning for continuing education in a college or university best suited to the student's strengths and goals. Students also have access to personal counseling based on their strengths, needs and situations. Students requiring long-term counseling may be referred to an outside agency.
We give personalized attention to our students in these areas:
Personal counseling and referrals
College selection and application assistance
College Rep visits
Testing-Explore, PLAN, PSAT, ACT, AP test Coordinator
Test Interpretation to parents and students
Drug/Alcohol Prevention and intervention efforts
Evening parent presentations
Scheduling-assisting the registrar with conflicts
The counseling staff also serves as advisors for the Peer Ministry and TREND.
The hallway chatter isn’t "Are you going to college?" It’s "Where are you going to college?"
Mrs. Buford is a native of California, born, raised, and educated there but has lived in St. Louis for almost 35 years. She graduated from San Diego State University and completed graduate work at UMSL and Maryville University. Mrs. Buford is widowed and has one son who lives in California. She has worked as a College Counselor at Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill School and Nerinx Hall High School following several years at Washington University as a director in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She is a Cardinals fanatic and enjoys working out, walks with her dog, friends, the St. Louis Speakers Series, and being very involved as a founding member of the St. Louis Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Mrs. Buford loves working with students and is passionate about student success. She feels privileged to be a part of the Lutheran North family.
Cindy is a lifelong Lutheran who has lived in Missouri, Indiana, and New York. She has spent time in both Lutheran and public school education. She began teaching at Zion Lutheran in Owego, New York, and then taught for five years and counseled for one year in South Bend, Indiana, before serving as a counselor at Lutheran North in 2000.
Cindy graduated in 1988 as a Christ College scholar (honors college) and earned two degrees (B.A. in French and B.S. in math) from Valparaiso University along with completing her secondary education certification. While a student at Valpo, she studied overseas in Cambridge, England, and in Paris, France. She earned her masters in Counseling and Human Services from Indiana University-South Bend in 1999. She serves as the Director of Counseling & College Counseling at Lutheran North. She is the faculty advisor for TREND (student prevention group), Peer Ministry, and Prom. She also works closely with the seniors on their leadership retreat and senior breakfasts.
Cindy is married to Kent and they have two daughters, Maggie (LHSN 2012) and Lily Kate (LHSN 2018). She enjoys spending time with her family, attending all of her girls’ events, reading, scrapbooking, and gardening.
Cindy seeks to continue to improve the college preparedness of the Lutheran North students academically, emotionally, and socially. She has co-developed the Choice, Not Chance college counseling curriculum used with students throughout their junior year.
“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”