Welcome to Ms. Grey's Middle School Counseling Page
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Hello. My name is Hilary Grey and I am one of the School Counselors here at the Middle School. This is my 17th year of being in the School Counseling field and this is my 6th year here in the St. Helens School District. All but one year that I was at the High School, I have been here at the Middle School. I grew up locally in Hillsboro, Oregon and graduated from Glencoe High School back when there was nothing around it but farmland. I then went to Whitworth College (now Whitworth University) where I majored in Communications and double minored in Marketing and Sociology. I actually went in to college going for Advertising but after taking some Sociology classes and really enjoying them, realized that I could meld my love of volunteeting, creativity and helping people in to a paying job. So I came out of that experience more focused on Social Work. It took me five years of various jobs, one of which was a Prevention Intervention Specialist at Colimbia Comminuty Mental Health that focused was a grant based program focused on kids who are affected by drugs and alcohol. Here we were placed in schools to provide counseling, lessons, small groups, presentations and court mandated classes located at the schools in Columbia County. This is where my interest in School Counseling started as I saw how much of an impact those people had on the students individually and as a whole in their community. I went back to school and received a Masters of Education in School Counseling from Lewis & Clark College. My first 10 years were in Gervais Middle School in Gervais, Oregon. I then did a temporary position at John F. Kennedy High School in St. Paul, Oregon and then found my way to St. Helens Middle School after that. I have a passion for the students and families I work with and feel blessed to have a job that I enjoy going to every day.
The mission of our counseling program is to empower all students to develop the problem-solving and self-advocacy skills needed to successfully work through the challenges of middle school.As counselors, we strive to make our school an inclusive, welcoming community where every student feels safe and supported.