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Join us in thanking HPISD's school counselors

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 4-8 to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.
In a Jan. 15 proclamation, the HPISD School Board recognized its school counselors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.
HPISD's counselors are:
Highland Park High School 
  • Mindy McMinn, Lead Counselor
  • Dr. Candice Conner, Personal Counselor
  • Carolyn James
  • Taryn Knott
  • Jon Mamula
  • Stacey McNeely
  • Dr. Thiago Oliveira
  • Ronny Winford
Armstrong Elementary School 
  • Dave Ray
Bradfield Elementary School 
  • Lana Raley
Highland Park Middle School and
McCulloch Intermediate School
  • Janet Adams
  • Christen Armer
  • Margaret Arnold
  • Joyce Burress
  • Greg Rico, Personal Counselor and Assistant Principal
Hyer Elementary School 
  • Linde Thompson 
University Park Elementary School 
  • Jennifer Blazek