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Meet our Middle School Counselors

National School Counseling Week - Get to Know MISD's Middle School Counselors

Mendi Melton - Frank Seale Middle School and Walnut Grove Middle School

As a school counselor, what have you learned?
Student are amazing and resilient! With the help of wonderful teachers and staff, we can truly make a difference in students lives! 

As a school counselor, what do you want your students to know? 
That someone truly cares about them! 

What influenced you or why did you become a school counselor? 
My sweet mom was a teacher that always went above and beyond. We always had students in our house and she was constantly helping them. I knew I wanted to be a counselor because of her. 

What’s your favorite part of your job? 
The people I work with! I LOVE them! 

What are your hopes for your students? 
That they grow up knowing they were valued and loved!

Emily Rogers - Walnut Grove Middle School

As a school counselor, what have you learned? 
Every day is different! I have learned to embrace what each day brings! 

As a school counselor, what do you want your students to know? 
The best and most important part of my day is always time spent with them. 

What influenced you or why did you become a school counselor? 
I want to be able to help kids be successful - academically, emotionally, socially - and do anything I can to help students have a great school experience. 

What’s your favorite part of your job? 
I work with the BEST team of counselors, administrators, and teachers and the BEST students around. 

What are your hopes for your students? 
I hope for my kids to learn and grow as students and as people, and to get involved and enjoy all the fun that middle school offers! 

Ally Houchin - Walnut Grove Middle School 

As a school counselor, what have you learned? 
I’ve learned to be flexible! We never quite know what the day will bring. 

As a school counselor, what do you want your students to know? 
It is never too late for them to be who they really want to be! 

What influenced you or why did you become a school counselor? 
I wanted to follow in my mom's footsteps. I watched as she connected with students and had a hand in changing lives. I knew that I wanted to be that person for kids as well!  

What’s your favorite part of your job? 
The people here! I work on an amazing campus with an incredible staff and the best students around. 

What are your hopes for your students? 
My hope is that our students will find their passion in life and follow it. 

Tonya Colman - Frank Seale Middle School 

As a school counselor, what have you learned? 
Every day is different with new successes and challenges. Some successes are small and some are large, but we celebrate all! The same is true for challenges, some are small and some are large, but each one deserves our attention and guidance. 

As a school counselor, what do you want your students to know? 
I am always available to them whether it's for academic guidance or for social/emotional support. 

What influenced you or why did you become a school counselor? 
I was a classroom teacher for 20 years and witnessed many students who carried large burdens and baggage at a young age. I felt led to go into the counseling field to provide extra support to students who may need it. 

What’s your favorite part of your job? 
I love the interaction with students whether it is one on one or through a group. Watching students grow, achieve and see success in all aspects of their lives brings me joy. 

What are your hopes for your students? 
My hope is that every student feels a connection with an adult on campus and knows they have someone in their corner. Middle school can be a tough transition for students and knowing they have an adult in their corner (a cheerleader) can make all the difference.

Lindsey Hodge - Frank Seale Middle School

As a school counselor, what have you learned? 
How to go with the flow! I always have a to-do list for the day and most days I barely get to touch it. There is always a new situation to figure out or problem to solve or student to listen to and get to know, and that makes my job really fun.

As a school counselor, what do you want your students to know? 
I care about them deeply. I want to know what’s going on with them - any problems they are facing, absolutely, but also the great things! I relish being able to sit and talk with students about anything at all. 

What influenced you or why did you become a school counselor? 
I have always been a helper, and I see so many students who need help. Whether it is help with grades or a particular situation, or just a positive voice in the background cheering them on, I want to be that person for my students.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 
My favorite part is when a student comes back to me after a difficult situation or time in their lives and they are so excited because the situation worked out or they figured out a way to solve the problem. The look of pride on their faces in what they’ve been able to accomplish is just wonderful.

What are your hopes for your students? 
I hope they know I’m here. I hope they feel comfortable coming to talk to me if they need to. I hope they know that they are loved and that they matter and that I believe they can do anything they set their minds to.