Meet the Guidance Team!
Tina Winkler joins us for the 8th year as the Guidance Secretary. Her position on the guidance team includes coordinating and managing many facets that are critical to the efficiency and success of the guidance office and MTHS. Some of her duties are keeping a variety of files and records up to date and coordinating between student, parent and teacher. Quick Bio: I graduated from MTHS in 1987, after being away for 20 years I moved back to Metamora. I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family and friends. I would also say that I am a foodie. Working at Metamora Township High School has been an absolute pleasure. We have the best staff and students.
Contact Tina at 367-4151, EXT 551 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Jennifer Jewell is the Director of Student Services. This is Dr. Jewell’s 8th year at MTHS. She will oversee the Guidance Department, social-emotional learning for all students, Section 504 plans, and will conduct small group counseling. Dr. Jewell has a background in School Psychology and is passionate about teaching students how to develop and enrich their social-emotional skills. Quick Bio: I graduated from Freeport High School, home of the Pretzels. I earned a B.S. in Biology at the University of Illinois and that is where I met my husband, Matt. I went to graduate school at Northern Illinois University and received a Masters and Ph.D. in School Psychology. In 2018 I completed my certificate for Educational Administration at Bradley University. Outside of school I love to read, travel, hike, and spend time with my husband, three daughters, and two dogs.
Contact Dr. Jewell at 309-367-4151 ext. 524 or by email at email@example.com
Melissa Stalter – (School Social Worker) This is Melissa’s second year at Metamora Township High School; however, she has had a career in social work since 2004. As a school social worker, she provides mental health support, positive behavioral interventions, individual and group counseling, and connects families with community resources. Quick Bio: I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.A. in Psychology before working as a foster care and adoption caseworker for four years. I went on to complete my Master’s in School Social Work at the University of Illinois. I have a strong passion for addressing social and psychological matters that impact academic progress. Outside of school, I enjoy being active and spending time with my husband and three children.
Contact Mrs. Stalter at 309-367-4151 ext 554 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Malinda Brown – (Academic counselor for students with the last name starting with A-D). Quick Bio: I have been a school counselor at MTHS for 15 years. I grew up in a small town about an hour North of Metamora. Don’t be afraid to ask me about “the wheelchair.” I was in a car accident when I was 16 and this is just how I “roll” now. I earned a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology at Illinois State University. I worked as a residential counselor at an adolescent drug and alcohol treatment center and soon realized that I was ready to pursue my goal as a school counselor. I returned to ISU to complete a teaching degree in Social Sciences and completed a Master’s degree in School Counseling at Northern Illinois University, while substitute teaching throughout the process. Outside of the school setting, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I can’t forget to mention the most popular staff member at MTHS is my sidekick, Crosby. Crosby is my trained service dog. He brings extra joy to MTHS and is loved by students and staff.
Contact Malinda at 367-4151, EXT 552 or by email at email@example.com
Garry Finch – (Academic counselor for students with the last name starting with E-K). Quick Bio: I am in my 15th year as counselor at MTHS, but my 30th year here. I previously served as a math instructor for 15 years. The past 13 years I have served as student council adviser and co-direct the Operation Snowball program. I graduated with a BS from the University of Illinois in LAS/ Teaching of Mathematics and earned my MS in School Counseling from Illinois State University. I also hold my Administrative Certificate. My time outside of school is spent with my wife and 5 children.
Contact Garry at 367-4151, EXT 553 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeaneen Bohanan – (Academic counselor for students with the last name starting with L-R) This is Jeaneen’s 4th year with MTHS. Quick Bio: I graduated from a small high school near Quincy, IL. I completed my B.S. in Psychology from Illinois State University in 2000. Shortly after, I married and had my first son. I decided at that time to be a stay-at-home parent. Over the next 10 years I completed my Master’s in School Counseling from the University of Illinois in Springfield, had my second son, and moved to Washington, IL. My first counseling job was at Midland High School where I was the lone counselor for four years. Outside of school I love to read, workout, watch football, and spend time with my family.
Contact Jeaneen at 367-4151, EXT 550 or by email at email@example.com
Dana Smith – (Academic counselor for students with the last name starting with S-Z). This is Dana’s 4th year with MTHS. Quick Bio: I moved to Illinois after my sophomore year in high school and graduated from St. Francis in Wheaton, IL. I studied Psychology and French at Knox College. After graduating, I worked as a case manager in foster care. Subsequently, I pursued a master’s degree in Clinical Counseling at Illinois State University. I enjoyed working as a community based counselor for several years, while completing a certificate in school counseling at Bradley University. Prior to working at MTHS, I worked as both a middle school and high school counselor at Manual Academy in Peoria, IL. My husband, Martin, and I have been married for 19 years. We have three wonderful children: Will (12), Dawn (9) and CJ (6).
Contact Dana at 309-367-4151 ext. 557 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org