Emma Conerly – Mustangs Ahead

LRHS counselor Evelyn Williams (l) helps a student

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS school counselor Evelyn Williams will retire at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

Williams has been a counselor in Manatee County for 20 years since she started at the Ranch in 2000.

After a few years, she transferred to Braden River high school (BRHS), where she worked until her first retirement in 2017.

After a year of retirement, she returned to LRHS to continue her career.

“I have known that I have wanted to be a guidance counselor since I was a little girl,” said Williams, “I just love working with kids and helping them.”

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Williams is a Guardian Ad Litem, or a child advocate, and she represents children’s interests in court. She also volunteers at the food pantry.

Williams plans to dedicate her time to these organizations and to traveling in her retirement.

“I’m going to miss the kids and my co-workers, but I’ve already retired once, and I can tell that it’s time to retire for good,” Williams added.