Hillcrest High School Counseling Department
Our vision is to provide a comprehensive approach to ensure all students graduate through academic, college/career, and social/emotional support. Through collaborative efforts with parents, teachers, administration, and the community, HHS counselors hold students to high academic standards, help them become life-long learners, and encourage them to be positive contributors to society.
Meet our team....
Mrs. Jo Eckersell - Counseling Secretary
Favorite Quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will always remember how you made them feel."
Fun Fact: I totally fell backwards, tipped upside down when trying to repel.
Mrs. Kathleen Parsons, LCPC - Counselor A-D
Favorite Quote: All kids need a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them."
Fun Fact: I landed a 250-pound blue pacific marlin off the coast of Hawaii.
Mrs. Stacy Hansen, LCSW- Counselor E-K
Favorite Quote: "Be the reason someone smiles today."
Fun Fact: I love to travel and experience different cultures. I lived in Argentina for 2 years and have visited 11 different countries. My guilty pleasure is that I am a Disney fanatic!
Mrs. Morgan Ward, LCC- Counselor L-Rn
Favorite Quote: "Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish my its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing that it's stupid."
Fun Fact: I have been on a dinosaur dig in Montana and helped extract a triceratops.
Mrs. Jennifer Pickett, LCSW- Counselor Ro-Z
Favorite Quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Fun Fact: I love to travel and explore the world. I used to live in the Netherlands and I speak Dutch.
Mrs. Melissa McConnell- College and Career Advisor
Favorite Quote: "Get up. Dress up. Show up. And, never give up."
Fun Fact: I grew up in Northwestern Montana in a logging town.
Mrs. Jessica Butler- College and Career Advisor
Favorite Quote: "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
Fun Fact: I love podcasts, but I especially devour history based podcasts which lead me to learning something new or seeing the past in a different light.
Mrs. Debbie Kelley - Registrar
Social/Emotional Resources and Websites
If you think your child or another youth may need help right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Suicide text line is 208-398-4357. Your call is free and confidential. Trained crisis workers in your area can assist you and the youth in deciding what they need right now.
The HOPE SQUAD is the eyes and ears of our school. It is comprised of students who are trained to watch for at-risk students. They then provide friendship, identify warning signs, and seek help from adults. Hope Squad students are identified by their classmates as trustworthy peers and someone they might talk to if they had a problem. Through evidenced-based lessons, HOPE SQUAD members are trained and empowered to seek help and save a life. HOPE SQUAD members are not taught to act as counselors, but rather are educated on how to recognize signes of suicide contemplation and how ot properly and respectfully report this to an adult. We are excited to have a HOPE SQUAD actively engaged at HHS!
Junior and Senior Calendar for Success
UPCOMING TESTS AND TEST PREP MATERIALS
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND DUE DATES
IDAHO 4-YEAR UNIVERSITIES
IDAHO 2-YEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND CAREER SCHOOLS
BARBER, BEAUTY, AND COSMOTOLOGY SCHOOLS IN IDAHO
CAREER INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROGRAMS
2017-2018 Course Description Book