The middle school counselors start with students when they enter 6th grade and remain their counselor through 8th grade. This looping structure provides the opportunity for parents, students, and the counselor to form relationships and the strong lines of communication necessary during the student’s adolescent age.
Tiffany Cochran – 6th grade counselor. Tiffany received her M.S. in School Counseling from Capella University and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Iowa. Tiffany began her career in social work. Tiffany’s social work experience includes in-residence treatment for children, as well as home health and hospice care. The majority of her experience was spent working in child protective services for the State of Iowa. Tiffany has been a counselor at the middle school since 2019.
Tina Chaplin– 8th grade counselor. Tina received her M.S. in School Counseling from Drake University and her B.A. in Mathematics Education from the University of Iowa. Tina began her career in education as a math teacher at Scavo High School in Des Moines, and has been a counselor at the middle school since 1999.
Lacey Cherniss– 7th grade counselor. Lacey received her M.S. in School Counseling from Drake University and her B.A. in Elementary Education from Simpson College. Lacey began her career in education as an Academic Advisor for the Simpson College Upward Bound program, a College and Career Readiness Consultant for the Iowa College Aid Commission, and has worked as a middle school counselor since 2013.