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LRHS school counselor Monica Shackelford was a Chicago police officer.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – “My hope is for all students to feel connected to their peers and teachers, and to be genuinely excited to come to school every day,” said new LRHS school counselor Monica Shackelford.

Shackelford became interested in counseling while she was working as a School Resource Officer (SRO) in Chicago. Shackelford worked as a police officer for over nine years and was in the school setting for the last three of those.

Before she was promoted to sergeant, she decided to make a career change in order to work more closely with students by earning her master’s degree in counseling.

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Shackelford stated, “Students should have fun during their high school years. It is also important for kids to be very intentional about soaking up all that high school has to offer.”

She hopes that she can become part of the reason that Mustangs look forward to coming to school every day.

Shackelford has been enjoying her time at LRHS so far and hopes to get to know her students much more in the upcoming months.