guidance counselors
LRHS guidance counselors (l to r): Tracy Jordan, Melissa Alter, Evelyn Williams, Melody West, Brandi Clark-Hankerson

Madison Aker and Julianna Catena – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) –  A new year for Mustangs means new schedules, new classes and new people. However, people may not realize how much grueling work goes into making these new schedules for the incoming school year, or who even makes and revises each and every one.

Lakewood Ranch High School guidance counselors help straighten out over 2,400 students’ schedules every year. These guidance counselors include Evelyn Williams (Students A-Co), Tracy Jordan (Students Cr-Hi), Melissa Alter (Students Ho-Mc), Melody West (Students Me-Sa), Brandi Clark (Students Sb-Z), and Michelle Todoroff (College and Career Counselor).

This year, the guidance counselors have been courteous enough to answer a few questions about themselves in an interview amidst all the chaos of schedule changes.

Evelyn Williams (Guidance A-Co)

Mustangs Ahead (MA): What made you want to become a guidance counselor?

Williams: I always wanted to go into counseling and I knew that ever since I was seven or eight years old.

MA:  For you, how were the first few days of school?

Williams: I’ve been trying to do the best I can in such little time to make sure everything goes smoothly.

MA:  What are some advantages of being a guidance counselor?

Williams: Believe it or not, some of the teachers that are here were here when I first started working.  There are a lot of people who are here that I’ve known…and I’m still meeting new people that I did not work with. People at Lakewood are very friendly and very helpful!

MA: Where are you from? Where did you go to college?

Williams: I was born in Puerto Rico. I went Wilkes College and got my master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University.

MA:  Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your free time?

Williams: If I don’t go to the coast to visit my son and grandson, I’m relaxing, reading, or watching the Hallmark Channel. I also love hanging with my friends.

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