Welcome to Counseling & Advisement

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    Click here to see “Our Philosophy Statement”

    college day 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 envision 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.

6th Grade Counselor

Phone: 821-4323

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Meredith Thomas

Meredith Thomas serves as the eighth-grade school counselor, this year. This is her seventh 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.  Mrs. Thomas lives in Lexington with her husband, two children, and pet dog, Lola.

7th Grade Counselor

Phone: 803-821-4324

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Education: Master of Science in Counseling and School Psychology (May 2005) – Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT Bachelor of Arts in Psychology / Fundamentals of Counseling (November 2002) – Charter Oak State College, New Britain, CT Certifications: Certification in School Counseling (December 2006) – Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT Professional Certifications/Licenses: School Counselor – South Carolina Professional Educator Certificate (6/2024) National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (2006) – Passed Praxis II: School Counseling and Guidance (2020) – Passed (189 Score) Praxis II: School Psychologist (2019) - Passed (172 Score)

Ms. Jennifer Calabrese

SCHOOL COUNSELOR; 8/2012 TO PRESENT

WHITE KNOLL MIDDLE SCHOOL, West Columbia, SC

Ms. Calabrese works with all 7th grade students for the 2020-2021 school year in the areas of their academic, career, and personal/social development. Ms Calabrese counsels students and consults with their families, facilitates small groups for new and at-risk students and delivers classroom curriculum and leadership lessons. As a team member on multiple school-wide and district-wide committees, Ms. Calabrese collaborates and consults with administrators, teachers, families, and other professionals as an advocate for her students.

Selected accomplishments:

  • Received ASCA “RAMP” Award for Comprehensive School Counseling Program in 2014

SCHOOL COUNSELOR; 8/2007 TO 6/2012

GILBERT MIDDLE SCHOOL, Gilbert, SC

Assisted students at the middle school level in dealing with academic, career, and personal/social issues.  Counseled students and their families. Collaborated and consulted with administrators, teachers, families, and other professionals. Delivered classroom curriculum and leadership lessons.  

You can find information, resources, and assignments on https://lexington1.schoology.com/group/2156145328 (Schoology).

8th Grade Counselor

Phone: 821-4322

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Marlene Neal

Marlene Neal will serve as the seventh-grade school counselor for the 2019-2020 school year and is also the Director of School Counseling and Advisement. This is her fourteenth 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.

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 821-4319

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Christine Avery

Christine Avery is the Administrative Assistant for the School Counseling department. She handles all enrollments and withdrawals and maintains permanent records. This is her seventh year at White Knoll Middle School. Mrs. Avery lives in West Columbia with her husband and her two children.