Counselors Debbie Knox and Kim Heider leave Pearce

By Carolyn Perlmutter | News Editor

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Counselors Debbie Knox and Kim Heider left Pearce at the beginning of the spring semester of the 2014-2015 school year. Mrs. Knox moved to Shelton High School, while Mrs. Heider retired.

“I left Pearce because I knew it was time for a change and a wonderful opportunity presented itself,” Mrs. Knox said.

After graduating from Pearce in 1981, Mrs. Knox returned in 2004 as a counselor and worked at Pearce for 10 and a half years.

“I will miss working with my husband, Tobin, and the many friends I made, but mostly I will miss the families and students I’ve had relationships with over the past 10 years,” Mrs. Knox said.

As Director of College and Career Advising at Shelton, Mrs. Knox will be the first at the school to have this title.

“This is a new position at Shelton, so I like the fact that I can create a new program,” Mrs. Knox said. “I also like the fact that I will get to work with students on a more regular basis.”

Rebekah Johnson was hired to replace Mrs. Knox.

“I enjoy everything that a school counselor does such as course, career and academic planning and talking to students about their interests of study,” Ms. Johnson said.

Ms. Johnson started her counseling career at Forest Meadow Junior High.

“As a counselor at a junior high, I helped with scheduling and talked to kids about their interest to try and map their course,” Ms. Johnson said. “In high school every area is far more detailed.”

After putting her career on hold to take care of her two sons, Ms. Johnson appreciates the opportunity to have a reduced schedule.

“I am here part time so I get the best of both worlds, higher level thinking and spending time with my kids,” Ms. Johnson said.

Ms. Epps, who replaced Mrs. Heider, came to Pearce after working in an adult male prison for six months.

“I decided to become a counselor for several reasons,” Ms. Epps said. “I taught for a long time and saw needs of students that, as a teacher, I couldn’t always address, but as a counselor I can.”

Working at Pearce will be convenient for Ms. Epps and give her the chance to work in a different environment.

“I live close by, I like the area and I’ve heard great things about Pearce, so I wanted to be a part of it,” Ms. Epps said. “I’ve always wanted to work with youth, so I took the opportunity.”

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