DHS Counseling Department



The mission of the Dexter High School counseling department is to provide high quality, comprehensive school counseling services to all students. Our program, as guided by the ASCA National Model, is designed to help all students develop and enhance their academic, career, and personal/social strengths in order to become responsible and productive citizens. There is a commitment to individual uniqueness and the maximum development of human potential. Through the skillful use of strategic, timely, and personal interventions, counselors customize educational experiences in order to enhance capabilities, close achievement gaps among high and low performing groups and support positive choices.

Read more about our guiding principles, services, standards, and focus areas in our School Counseling Mission Statement.

Counseling News

A Warm Welcome to Our New Staff at Anchor, Beacon and Wylie Elementary Schools!
Posted 10/18/2019 01:43PM

Anchor Elementary

"Anchor Elementary is so excited to have Ms. Burke, Mrs. Rossman, Mrs. Hoffman, Mrs. Truesdell-Lewis, Mrs. Mrozinski, and Mrs. McGinnis joining our staff.  We are looking forward to their expertise and energy!" - Craig McCalla, Anchor Principal

 

Alyssa Burke is a new Young 5s teacher at Anchor Elementary. Alyssa is excited to be a part of Dexter Schools and says she can already tell what an amazing community she has been fortunate enough to join.

This is Alyssa’s 7th year teaching; prior to Dexter, she taught in Ann Arbor and on the west side of the Michigan. She has taught Kindergarten, 2nd grade and Early Childhood Special Education. 

“I am so thankful for my supportive co-workers and principal, who have already helped me to feel part of the Anchor family.”

Para-Educator Kate Hoffman grew up in Dexter and graduated from DHS in 2000. She moved back to Dexter from Ann Arbor in 2011. She and her husband have 3 children in 6th, 3rd and 1st grades. They have all gone to Anchor, so she has been in the building a lot and many parents may recognize her. Kate worked as a substitute para-educator last year, and is very excited to join the team full-time this year.

Joanne McGinnis has been working as a speech therapist for 27 years, but this is her first year in the Dexter Schools.  Although she is new to the district as an employee, she has been involved in numerous community and school groups throughout the years as her two children graduated from Dexter in 2016 and 2017. 

“It's wonderful to be around so many familiar faces, as well as many new ones.  The staff and families here in Dexter are some of the most kind, dedicated and caring people I have ever had the pleasure to work with.  I look forward to great year. Go Dreads!”

Lunch Monitor Janice Mrozinski has lived in Dexter for the past two years with her husband Paul. They love Dexter and she is very happy to be a part of the community and Dexter schools.   Previously she lived in Ann Arbor for 20 years, and is originally from Indianapolis, IN.

Janice has 3 grown sons and 4 grandchildren. Her hobbies include reading, decorating, cooking, gardening and spending time with my family and friends. 

Ann Rossman
Spanish

Ann Rossman is excited to be joining the Dexter community as a Spanish teacher for Anchor Elementary and Mill Creek Middle School. When she’s not teaching Spanish, Ann is spending time with her family, especially her two little girls. She loves doing yoga, baking and traveling. 

3-5 Early Childhood Speech

Jouel Truesdell-Lewis is the new preschool speech and language pathologist for Dexter Community Schools. She previously worked in private practice treating children ages 1-12 years old and was fortunate enough to see some Dexter students there. Jouel truly enjoys her work and getting to know each child. She is also proud of the work she’s done on the Michigan Speech Language Hearing Association: Healthcare Committee since 2017, and will be taking on additional roles within the organization in 2020.

When she’s not working, Jouel spends time with her family enjoying nature and being involved in skateboarding events in southeast Michigan. She has three children from preschool to high school age who love to go on adventures as much as she does. Jouel has always lived in Washtenaw County but looks forward to getting to know Dexter more.

“I’m very excited to have this position and I’m eager to support families so we can both work towards continued development and happiness for their children.”

Beacon Elementary

“We are excited to welcome Mrs. Joling, Mrs. Vimawala and Mrs. Skiver to the Beacon family!  They have been a wonderful addition to our staff and community.” - Ryan Bruder, Beacon Principal

 

Beacon Kindergarten teacher Mel Joling was born and raised in Brighton, but moved to Pinckney seven years ago with her husband.  She attended Eastern Michigan University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and math, and a master’s degree in reading.  Six months ago, Mel and her husband welcomed their baby boy, Cruz, who is their world.

In her free time, Mel enjoys spending time with family and friends, and going up north to her family's cottage. 

“I am beyond excited to work at Beacon, solidify my roots in this community and raise my son as a Dreadnaught.”

Paraprofessional Chris Skiver and her husband, Sean, have been married for 28 years.  They moved to Dexter in 2001 with their four children, who all attended and have since graduated from Dexter Community Schools. 

“The staff at Beacon Elementary has been so friendly and welcoming.  I am excited about continuing an awesome year with these wonderful students!”

Amy Vimawala has taught at Dexter Schools for 14 years. Previously, she taught 7th grade math and social studies at Mill Creek, then took a couple of years off to be with her children. She is thrilled to be returning as a Young 5s teacher at Beacon. 

Amy attended Oakland University for undergrad, where she received her degree in Elementary Education with math and social studies. She then received her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with Reading Specialist degree. 

Amy and her husband just celebrated their 10th anniversary. They have two children, who also attend Dexter schools, and two large dogs. She enjoys camping, kayaking, being outside, reading and spending time with her family. 

 

Wylie Elementary

 

“Wylie is thrilled to have Betsy Schmidt joining our third-grade team.  We are already appreciating her experience and enthusiasm.  Eliza Davis has become an integral member of our staff and is providing great support to our students at lunch time.  We are very fortunate that Betsy and Eliza have joined our staff!” - Katie See, Wylie Principal

Eliza Davis is excited to join the Dexter Community Schools team this year as a Lunch Monitor at Wylie and parent to a new kindergarten student at Beacon.  Originally from Worthington, Ohio, Eliza has two degrees from The University of Michigan in Music.  She lives on the west side of Ann Arbor with her husband Chris, daughter Annabelle (5) and golden retriever, Logan.  They love to travel to Disney World together and spend time with family.

Betsy Schmidt is excited to join Dexter Community Schools as a 3rd grade teacher. She is a graduate of Dexter High School, then attended college at Michigan State. From there, she then moved to Charlotte, NC where she began her teaching career.

“It has been a dream of mine to give back to the community that helped shape me. I am ecstatic to be home, serving the community I love so much.”

3rd Grade Teacher Kelley Stearns grew up in Ann Arbor and went to Michigan State where she studied elementary and special education. This is her fourth year teaching and she most recently taught at Creekside Intermediate School. 

Last year Kelley completed her master’s degree in educational leadership and policy from the University of Michigan. She lives in Ann Arbor with my husband and two dogs, Lyla and Lake.

“I am so excited to join the Wylie staff! I'm looking forward to a wonderful year of learning and community. Go Dreads!”


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  • DHS Counseling Office
    2200 N. Parker Rd.
    Dexter, MI 48130
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    M-F 8:00am - 2:51pm
    Half Days
    8:00am - 11:25am
    Office Hours
    M-F 7:30am - 4:30pm
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