GRC welcomes two new counselors
November 6, 2020
GRC has added two new counselors to the Guidance Office team – Kimberly White, 9th grade counselor; and Jamie Phipps, college and career counselor, a new position.
Wants to witness growth, progress
After years counseling at the elementary level, Kim White was ready for the challenge of young adults. She has joined the GRC team as the counselor for freshmen.
“I wanted to transition to the high school level to witness the growth and progress of the students,” she said.
Mrs. White said she’s especially looking forward to staying with her freshmen for four years. “It’s my first year of looping with the students, starting with them their freshman year and staying with them until they graduate their senior year, so I’m very excited about watching them mature and grow into young adults.”
Before receiving her Rank 1 and guidance counselor degree from the University of the Cumberlands, Mrs. White was a second and third grade teacher. She comes to GRC from Justice Elementary where she was a counselor for three years.
Mrs. White lives in Lexington with her husband, Don, and their Yorkie Terrier, Sashi. The couple has two daughters – Breanna, who lives in Washington, D.C., and McKayla, a junior at the University of Kentucky.
Passion for helping students
The moment she walked into GRC, Jamie Phipps knew it was special. As the school’s new College & Career counselor, Ms. Phipps said she looks forward to helping students plan their future after high school.
“From the first time I entered the building, I could tell just how special the students and school community were,” she said. “Everyone I encountered during my time in the building was so welcoming and helpful that I knew I wanted to become a member of the Cardinal Family.”
A Cincinnati native, Ms. Phipps graduated from Morehead State University and then began working there as an admissions/diversity counselor, giving her unique experience for her new position.
“That experience sparked my passion for helping students follow their dreams and helped lead me to the counseling profession,” said Ms. Phipps, who went on to earn her master’s in school counseling. “I know the possibility of where students can go and I want to positively contribute to the road that gets them there.”
Ms. Phipps enjoys traveling and spending time with family. She lives in Lexington with her puppy, Parker.