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: 821-4323


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Meredith Thomas

Meredith Thomas serves as the sixth grade school counselor this year. This is her eleventh 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.

7th Grade Counselor

Phone: 821-4324


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Channa Anderson

Channa Anderson will serve 7th grade students at White Knoll Middle School for the 2023-2024 school year. She has 9 years of experience in education, 6 years at the upper elementary level and 2 years at the middle school level. Mrs. Anderson has been a counselor in the 2nd-8th setting and has served a diverse population of students. Mrs. Anderson holds a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, Masters in Educational Leadership, and Masters in School Counseling. She plans to soon pursue additional courses to become a LPC. 

Channa Anderson resides in northeast Columbia with her husband Richard, nephew Christopher, who will also be joining the Warhawk family, and loving rescue, Thor. She loves nature, traveling the world, and enjoys the sport of softball. She is a true Arkansas Razorback fan. Go Hogs!

8th Grade Counselor

Phone: 821-4322


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Marlene Neal

Marlene Neal will serve as the eighth grade school counselor for the 2023-2024 school year, and she is also the Director of School Counseling and Advisement. This is her eighteenth 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.

District School Psychologist II

Phone: 803-821-4320


Degrees and Certifications:

BA in Psychology with a Minor in Chemistry MA in Psychology Ed.S in School Psychology

Ms. Dena McKeown

I love gardening, traveling, baking and spending time with family, friends and my Goldendoodle.  I enjoy hiking and have checke off my bucket list items hiking to the summit of Pike Peak in Colorado.  I am very interested in learning photography.  

Phone: After Hours/Emergency: 803-350-3545, Intake (Start Services): 803-359-7206, Mobile Crisis: 803-364-2274


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Lauren Griffiths

My name is Lauren Griffiths, and I am the school-based therapist serving White Knoll Middle School.  I work with Lexington Mental Health as part of the School Mental Health program.  As a school-based therapist, I provide your child with individual therapy and family therapy services here right at the school!  I love being able to be a part of this community to support students and their families succeed and obtain their needs.  

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 821-4319


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Nadine Campbell

Nadine Campbell is the Secretary for the School Counseling office.  She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.  Mrs. Campbell handles all enrollments and withdrawals and maintains permanent records.  Mrs. Campbell has three children and lives in Lexington with her husband.