School Counseling and Advisement

GuidanceDeptWebsiteOur Philosophy Statement

Snack Pack:  White Knoll Middle School partners with Lexington United Methodist Church and Willow Ridge Church to provide a Snack Pack program to needy children who are at risk of being hungry. The churches provide food for children to take home each Friday for the weekend. If your child needs food for the weekend, please contact your grade level school counselor.

White Knoll Middle School Counseling and Advisement Vision: In collaboration with families, teachers, administration, and community members, White Knoll Middle School Counseling and Advisement program envisions a future where each student achieves success regardless of ability, socio-economic status, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. School counselors will cultivate helping relationships to assist students with achieving their academic, personal/social, and career goals in a competitive 21st century. School counselors will continually evaluate and review academic data to determine classes, groups, and/or programs that may help students be successful in a high performance learning culture. Our goal is for students to develop into independent, creative thinkers who are motivated to become responsible, productive, contributing citizens.

Our School Counseling Staff:

WKMS School Counselors rotate each year with the students in order to build the best possible relationship with your children. We offer a comprehensive developmental school counseling program that consists of classroom guidance, small group counseling, and individual counseling. Please do not hesitate to contact us when you have concerns or questions.

MarleneNealGuidanceMarlene Neal will serve as the eighth grade school counselor for the 2017-2018 school year and is also the Director of School Counseling and Advisement. This is her twelfth year at WKMS and prior to becoming a Warhawk, she worked for three years in Richland Two at Windsor Elementary. Ms. Neal has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Presbyterian College and a graduate degree in Social Work as well as an Educational Specialist degree in School Counseling from USC. In her free time, she loves to travel, play tennis, and garden.

JenniferGuidanceJennifer Calabrese will be the seventh grade school counselor and editor of our monthly School Counseling Newsletter, which keeps families informed about upcoming events. This will be her sixth year as a Warhawk, but she comes to us from Gilbert Middle School where she worked for five years. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology from Charter Oak State College and she has a Master of Science in School Psychology from Connecticut State University. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, exercising, visiting her family, and playing with her dog, Bailey.

MeredithThomasGuidanceMeredith Thomas will be the sixth grade school counselor. This is her fourth year as a Warhawk, but she comes to us from Pelion Middle School where she worked for twelve years.  Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology from Columbia College and her Masters in Counseling is from USC.  She lives in Lexington with her husband, two children, and her dog, Lola.

ChristineAveryGuidanceChristine Avery is the Administrative Assistant for the School Counseling department. She handles all enrollments and withdrawals. This is her fifth year at White Knoll Middle.



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