• Your GHS Counseling Team



    Shannon Henson, Lead Counselor

    Grades 9-12 | Last Names Ki-Ma    

    512-943-5100, x7111

    This year, Shannon celebrates her 27th year in education and 16th year as a professional school counselor. Shannon serves as the Lead Counselor for GHS and as a Secondary School Counseling Specialist for GISD. Shannon received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northwestern State University and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Tarleton State University. Shannon’s favorite part of the job is guiding and supporting students and parents through the academic, social, and emotional aspects of high school. She enjoys getting to know her students as she helps them navigate high school, and the ups and downs of being a teenager.

    Shannon has three daughters, and she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She enjoys running, reading, and traveling around the world.

     Michelle's Fam

    Michelle Barfield, Professional School Counselor  

    Grades 9 -12 | Last Names A-Do                            

    512-943-5100, x7198

    Throughout her 22 years in education, Michelle's passion has been building relationships with students and helping them learn their strengths, so they could use them to better themselves and their community. Originally from Louisiana, Michelle and her husband made Texas their home in 2000. They absolutely love this state and community and have raised their two children in Georgetown - both GHS graduates! Their daughter, Cameryn, is a student at Baylor University and their son, Drew, attends Colorado State University. Michells and her family love watching sports and socializing with friends and family. Michelle is happy to have the opportunity to serve the GHS students as a supportive resource for their academic, social, and emotional needs.


    Simpson Fam

    Tara Simpson, Professional School Counselor  

    Grades 9 -12 | Last Names Dr-Ke                       

    512-943-5100, x7508
    This will be Tara's tenth year as an educator and eighth year serving students and families in GISD. Before becoming a school counselor, Tara was an algebra and science teacher, a cheerleading coach, and Friends of Rachel Club sponsor. Prior to discovering her "calling" as an educator, Tara was a marketing director for a Fortune 500 company is Austin. Tara earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001 (HOOK 'EM!), her Master's in Business Administration from Texas State University (2008), and a Master's in Education from Lamar University (2016). Tara believes it takes a village to support today's students and prepare them for what's to come, and she enjoys collaborating with families, students, faculty, and community members in this process. 
    In 2007, Tara married her husband, Kyle, and they have lived in Georgetown ever since. They have two daughters, Sophie and Elise, and a fur-son named Moose. Tara enjoys discovering new restaurants, family hikes, working out, yoga, renovating historic homes, and hanging out on the beautiful Georgetown Square. 

    Jennifer Wills, Professional School Counselor, LPC Intern

    Grades 9 -12 | Last Names Mc-Ru                   

    512-943-5100 , x7085


    Jennifer is currently celebrating her 7th year in education and second year with Georgetown ISD. GO EAGLES! Before becoming a professional school counselor, Jennifer taught ELAR at all middle school levels in addition to sponsoring cheerleading and National History Day participants. In 2011, Jennifer earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in English from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. Shortly after, Jennifer began work on her Master's in Education with a specialization in School Counseling from Texas A&M -- Central Texas in Killeen, TX. Currently, Jennifer is working on her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision with Capella University.  Additionally, Jennifer is working on her License to Professionally Counsel license as an LPC Intern. Jennifer is committed to working with students and parents to address the challenges of the present while planning for the future. She welcomes collaboration with parents, students, faculty, and administrators to make sure that students have what they need to achieve their goals.  

    Currently living in Jarrell, TX, on family property. Jennifer has a fur babies, King Arthur, that keeps her on her toes while she works on dissertation. When not working, Jennifer likes to read, go walking, catch up on Netflix shows, and spend time with her friends and family. 


    Mrs. Gilly

    Chailleen Gilly, Professional School Counselor

    Grades 9 -12 | Last Names S-Z                

    512-943-5100, x7044


    Chailleen has been a counselor at GHS for two years. Before becoming a professional school counselor, she spent 20 years in the classroom as a family and consumer sciences teacher. Chailleen earned her Bachelor’s degree at Tarleton State University in 1996 and her Master’s in Education from Lamar University in 2016, and she just completed her 21st year at GHS! Chailleen also recently celebrated her 20th anniversary with her husband, Greg. They have two sons, Chase and Rylan. She loves traveling, “glamping”, watching baseball, and spending time with friends and family. Chailleen is enjoying her new career, and is happy to continue serving the families of GHS as a supportive resource for their academic, social, and emotional needs.


    College and Career Readiness
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    Emily Schroeder, M.Ed., College, Career & Military Readiness Specialist            
    512-943-5100, x7001

    Emily is excited to serve as the College, Career and Military Readiness Specialist at GHS. She has dedicated her career of ten years in education to serving as a resource for college students and advocating for post-secondary opportunities for all. Emily is excited to share her wealth of knowledge and experience with high school students (and parents) as they prepare for life after graduation.  

    Emily graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Resource Development and a minor in Business. She earned her Master’s in Education from the University of Florida. Prior to coming to GHS, Emily worked in advising and programming in the School of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and in orientation and family programs at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.

    Emily is married to her husband, Cody, and they have an infant son, Everett, and two dogs. Emily loves being a new mom and in her (little) free time she enjoys yoga, running, and traveling.  

    Intervention Services
    Tina Kepner, LPC-S, Mental Health Interventionist                  
    512-943-5100, x7010

    Tina Kepner is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Tina is also a board-approved supervisor to LPC-Interns pursuing their LPC. Tina has worked with GISD in some capacity for the past seven years.

    Tina graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with an Interdisciplinary minor in Substance Abuse. Tina received her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from Texas Tech.

    Tina has been married to her husband, Craig, for 23 years. They have a 19-year-old son and a 14-year old daughter. Tina and her family have lived in Georgetown for 16 years and feel truly blessed to live and raise their family here. Tina finds the most joy spending time with her family and watching her son and daughter plays sports. When not watching a sporting event, Tina enjoys running, gardening, being crafty, spending time on the beach and reading.

    Tina has had the opportunity to work all aged clients; however, her passion is working with high school students. Tina believes in meeting the client where they are, while serving and supporting them in a nonjudgmental and empathetic way. Tina believes in walking alongside her clients while they make their journey through life... Reminding and empowering them to create their own journey’s ending. 

    Alma Barlow, Counselors' Secretary
    512-943-5100, x7089

    Alma worked as a receptionist for two years and was a customer service representative for three years. She was also employed at Aramark where she worked with high schools students. She currently serves as a volunteer at her daughter's school. Alma has been married for 27 years and has two daughters with whom she enjoys spending time!