Your GHS Counseling Team
Monica Martinez, Counseling Administrative Assistant512-943-5100 Ext. 7089Monica was born in California, then moved to Arizona when she was 12 years old. In 2003, she graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Communication. Throughout college, Monica worked on campus as an office assistant and enjoyed interacting with teachers and fellow students. In 2005, she was hired by the Social Security Administration where she was employed as a Claims Specialist. Even though she truly enjoyed working as a public servant for 12 years, Monica always longed to once again work with students and teachers in an academic environment. So, in 2017, she decided to pursue a career change and was very blessed to be given the opportunity to serve as an administrative assistant for the counseling department at GHS. She's super excited to get to meet everyone and to help as much as possible.When not working, Monica enjoys playing soccer, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys going to sporting events and to the movies. She's lived in Texas since 2006.
Shannon Henson, Lead Counselor
Grades 9-12 | Last Names Ki-Ma
512-943-5100 Ext. 7111
This year, Shannon celebrates her 26th year in education and 15th 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 Barfield, Professional School Counselor
Grades 9 -12 | Last Names A-Do
512-943-5100 Ext. 7198
Throughout her 21 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.
Tara Simpson, Professional School Counselor
Grades 9 -12 | Last Names Dr-Ke
512-943-5100 Ext. 7508This will be Tara's ninth year as an educator and seventh year serving students and families in GISD. Before becoming a school counselor, Tara taught math, algebra, and science, and was a cheerleading 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 Adminstration from Texas State University (2008), and a Master's in Education from Lamar University (2016). Her goal is to continue her education in counseling and become a Licensed Professional Counselor. 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.Tara married her husband, Kyle, in 2007, and they have lived in Georgetown ever since! They have two daughters, Sophie and Elise, and a fur-son named Moose. Tara enjoys taking naps on weekends, discovering new restaurants, family hikes, working out, yoga, renovating old homes, and hanging out on The Square.
Jennifer Wills, Professional School Counselor, LPC Intern
Grades 9 -12 | Last Names Mc-Ru
512-943-5100 Ext. 7085
Jennifer is currently celebrating her 6th year in education and first 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 two fur babies, King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, that keep 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.
Chailleen Gilly, Professional School Counselor
Grades 9 -12 | Last Names S-Z
512-943-5100 Ext. 7044
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 Advising
Sam McCutchen, College and Career Center Advisor
512-943-5100 Ext. 7075
This will be Sam’s 40th year in education, including ten years spent on the collegiate level as both a coach and a university-level director at the Center for Academic and Personal Success program. Sam is entering his fifth year at Georgetown High School and serves as the College and Career Center Adviser. He also serves as the head coach of the GHS Girls Soccer program. Prior to arriving at GHS, Sam served as a district counselor at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas.
Sam received his Bachelor’s degree at Belmont University and holds Master’s degrees in Education, School Counseling, and Professional Counseling. Sam enjoys guiding and supporting students and their parents through the multifaceted aspects of development, and helping students and families navigate the career exploration and discovery process.
Sam’s wife, Donna, has been his bride and right hand for 40 years. Sam and Donna have three daughters, three son-in-laws, and three grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, fishing, hunting, reading, and doing the things that are on his wife’s "to-do" list.Intervention ServicesTina Kepner, LPC-S, Mental Health Interventionist
512-943-5100 Ext. 7010
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.