Shelby Mings is the guidance counselor at Henry County Middle School. Previously, she served the district as a biology teacher at Henry County High School. Mings earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology, Master’s degree in teacher leadership, and a Rank I school counselor certification all from Campbellsville University. This is her seventh year with Henry County Public Schools.
“Even when I was working in the classroom my most favorite part about education was the relationship building component that is so crucial to success in education. Building relationships with my students each day was my goal and something I am very passionate about,” Mings said. “Now, as a school counselor that is literally my job. I come to work every day so inspired to make the most of every single interaction that I have with my students. More importantly I have the opportunity to influence my students socially, emotionally and academically and I feel so fortunate that HCPS has trusted me with that responsibility.”
Mings said her goal for HCMS is to create an environment in which social emotional health is a priority.
“After all, if our kids’ basic needs are not being met, it’s hard to expect higher expectations to be met. I believe that education and awareness are two huge key components of that,” Mings said. “Additionally with our students, I hope to create students who feel empowered and are able to self-regulate and take ownership of their own feelings and emotions.”
Kristin Rogers is the school counselor at New Castle Elementary School. Rogers earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown College and a master’s in education in school counseling from Eastern Kentucky University. This is Rogers’ second year working for Henry County Public Schools, and her first year as president of the Ohio Valley Kentucky Counseling Association.
“The best part of my job is building relationships with my students and knowing that I am making a difference, whether it be checking in with them in the mornings, giving a high-five when they achieve a goal, or just being someone that listens to them,” Roger said. “What I hope to achieve in my position is to continue growing the counseling program at NCES and to advocate for the needs of my students.”
Chad Rose is in his third year as a guidance counselor at Henry County High School. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Northern Kentucky University and a Master’s of education in school counseling from the University of the Cumberlands.
Rose said the favorite part of his job is building meaningful relationships with students from all walks of life.
“Since being hired I have worked to build a counseling department that students can count on,” Rose said. “I want every student to know I have their backs.”
Cheryl Topp is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who serves both Campbellsburg Elementary School and Eastern Elementary School as a school counselor. Topp earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, and followed that with a Master’s degree in social work, both from the University of Louisville. She’s been with Henry County Public Schools for 10 years.
“I enjoy seeing the children's reaction and faces when they have solved or worked through a problem,” Topp said. “And I love all the hugs I get daily.”
Her overarching goal in this role is to make herself accessible and to help each child feel love.
“I hope that every child knows they can always come talk to me about anything,” Topp said. “And I want every child to know they are loved.”
Michael Wilhite is in her first year as a guidance counselor at Henry County High School. Wilhite received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Louisville where she studied human development and various counseling techniques. She then continued her education and received a Master’s degree of education in school counseling, also from UofL.
“I enjoy helping juniors and seniors with their college and career readiness,” Wilhite said. “Hearing students relay to me that I give them hope, and that I'm the reason why they want to go for their dreams just confirms that I am meant to be a school counselor.”
Wilhite said her mission as a school counselor is to provide whatever resources her students need to further their lives after high school.
“The biggest goal I want to achieve is to give my students strength, support, confidence and skills to achieve their post-secondary goals,” Wilhite said.