School Counselors

Hamblen County Department of Education employees 24 school counselors who serve the 18 schools in the district.  Ten counselors serve 11 elementary schools. Counselors deliver direct instruction in the Tennessee School Counseling Program Standards and are an integral part of ESSA's "Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities" and the "Safe and Healthy Students" goals.  School counselors help students and families address educational development, career development, and personal/social development.  Conflict resolution and decision-making are focuses all developing students. Counselors work with outside agencies and other school personnel to offer a positive network for students.  

Each of the four middle schools has on staff a full-time school counselor.  The middle schools focus on student standards for grades six through eight of the Tennessee School Counseling Program, while taking into consideration the unique needs of the adolescent.  Study skills, time management, teamwork, and healthy decision-making become the focus.  Counselors work with parents and students on the six-year plan which encompasses four years of high school and post secondary success.  Counselors work closely with parents, teachers, and other agencies to address the social-emotional development of students while guiding the planning process for high school, college or technical school, and careers.

Each of the two high schools has four full-time counselors and a guidance secretary.  The main focus is on high school graduation, college and career success, and decision-making.  Conflict resolution, leadership & study skills, and time management techniques are often promoted by the counseling department.  The guidance offices at the high schools register and schedule students for high school, handle transcript requests, and guide in the scholarship application for college.  State testing, including End of Course tests, the ACT and SAT are organized through the main office and often assisted by the high school counseling departments.  Career planning takes center stage as high school students prepare for the next step in life. 

Counselors are part of a school team designed to ensure the success of all students.  Please do not hesitate to call the school and set up an appointment to speak with a school counselor to discuss grades, attendance, and behavior issues, as well as preparation for college and career success.


School Counselors, students, and parents may find the following web sites helpful as they plan for college, careers, and the unique needs of pre-k through 12th grade students.


Click on a topic below to go to helpful web sites.

Stop Bullying Now!: Prevention, Tips, and Games

Miss Tennessee's Drug-Free in Tennessee

ACT's PLAN Program

Bullying in Schools...Dr. Ken Rigby 

National Middle School Association 

Flocabulary-Hip Hop in the Classroom 

Children after Trauma 

Disasters: Hurricanes & Children 

TCIDS: TN Career Info System    Complete an on-line career interest inventory to discover possible career options!

Free Resources for preschool teaching staff and families

College Pays in Tennessee

Mapping Your Future

Financial Aid For College

Dell Scholars

TN Suicide Prevention Network 

 The Jason Foundation (Suicide Prevention)

Resources for Parents to Help Their Children Learn

Stop Cyberbullying! 

Teach Tolerance and stop Bullying

Tennessee Voices For Children

Girls Who Bully & Why

Living Bully Free

Helping Children After A School Shooting

Help For Parents Talking About Death With A Child

Helping Children Cope With Loss, Death, and Grief: Tips For Parents and Teachers

Talking With Children About Death

Helping Children Cope After A Crisis

Helping Children Cope With Various Kinds of Losses

Assisting Children and Adolescents Through the Grief Process

Developing Coping Skills in Students

Bullying Assessment Tools & Tips for Families and Schools


Please see Betina in the Teachers' Center located at the Central Office for instructional and professional development materials related to student achievement, suicide prevention, tips for parents, study skills, bullying, anger management, and conflict resolution.

Contact Info for School Counselors

Alpha Elementary & Alpha Intermediate  Rebecca Lee
Fairview-Marguerite Elementary Rachel Lynch
Hillcrest Elementary Nancy Hall
John Hay Elementary Sandra Kelly
Lincoln Heights Elementary Brianna Costner
Manley Primary & Manley Intermediate Terri Wilder
Russellville Primary & R.V. Intermediate  Rhonda Winstead
Union Heights Elementary & Whitesburg Elementary Leslie Mountain
West Elementary Emily Conklin
Witt Elementary Jennifer Goodman
Conflict Resolution & Crisis Counselor--Countywide John Clawson
East Ridge Middle  Meghan Jarnigan
Lincoln Heights Middle  Amy Eversole
Meadowview Middle Kelly Ezell 
West View Middle  Gail Rines 
Miller Boyd Alternative  Amy Helfenberger 
M-H East High School  Brian Bowlin, Christian Collins, Tonya Ely, Mary Loyd 
M-H West High School Renae Byrd, Erica Gillett, Melanie Justis, Jill Reuschel