Welcome to Counseling & Advisement


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    Snack Pack:  White Knoll Middle School partners with Lexington United Methodist Church and Willow Ridge Church to provide a Snack Pack program to needy children who are at risk of being hungry. The churches provide food for children to take home each Friday for the weekend. If your child needs food for the weekend, please contact your grade level school counselor.

    White Knoll Middle School Counseling and Advisement Vision: In collaboration with families, teachers, administration, and community members, White Knoll Middle School Counseling and Advisement program envision a future where each student achieves success regardless of ability, socio-economic status, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. School counselors will cultivate helping relationships to assist students with achieving their academic, personal/social, and career goals. Our goal is to help students to develop into independent, creative thinkers who are motivated to become responsible, productive, contributing citizens.

6th Grade Counselor

Phone: 821-4324


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Jennifer Calabrese

Ms. Calabrese works with all 6th grade students for the 2022-2023 school year in the areas of their academic, career, and personal/social development. Ms. Calabrese counsels students and consults with their families, facilitates small groups for new and at-risk students, and delivers classroom curriculum and leadership lessons. As a team member on multiple school-wide and district-wide committees, Ms. Calabrese collaborates and consults with administrators, teachers, families, and other professionals as an advocate for her students.

7th Grade Counselor

Phone: 821-4322


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Marlene Neal

Marlene Neal will serve as the seventh grade school counselor for the 2022-2023 school year, and she is also the Director of School Counseling and Advisement. This is her seventeenth year at WKMS and prior to becoming a War Hawk, she worked for three years in Richland Two at Windsor Elementary. Ms. Neal has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Presbyterian College and a graduate degree in Social Work as well as an Educational Specialist degree in School Counseling from USC.

8th Grade Counselor

Phone: 803-821-4323


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Meredith Thomas

Meredith Thomas serves as the eighth grade school counselor this year. This is her tenth year as a War Hawk, but she comes to us from Pelion Middle School where she worked for twelve years. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology from Columbia College and her Master's in Counseling is from USC.  Mrs. Thomas lives in Lexington with her husband, two children, and pet dog, Lola.



Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Ashley Merrick

Ashley Merrick is the school-based therapist serving White Knoll Middle School, Monday through Friday. She is part of the School Mental Health program at the Lexington
County Community Mental Health Center. As a school-based therapist, she provides individual, family, and group therapy services to students and families at the school. Support from every aspect of life
ensures the most effective growth and goal achievement for students.

After Hours/Emergency Services- 803.359.3545
Intake (To Start Services) - 803.359.7206

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 821-4319


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Christine Avery

Christine Avery is the Administrative Assistant Secretary for the School Counseling office. She handles all enrollments and withdrawals and maintains permanent records. This is her tenth year at White Knoll Middle School. Mrs. Avery lives in Lexington with her husband and her two children.