Meet Our Support Team
Grades 11-12 Counselor
Hello! I have been the primary counselor for grades 11 and 12 at WIHI since August 2014 and I am thrilled to be part of such a diverse and vibrant school community. I grew up in Ann Arbor and played ball in Ypsi as a kid - this is truly home for me. Since joining the WIHI community, I've focused on serving students and families in areas of college counseling - college application support, recommendation writing for our amazing seniors. Additionally, I have a passion for supporting students academically and in social/emotional areas, and I'm proud to be part of the WIHI team in developing programs like our Suicide Prevention lessons, Lunch Learning Lab, bullying prevention and more! Prior to the birth of my twin son and daughter in 2013, I was a counselor at Tecumseh High School for three years. THS is a 950-student comprehensive high school located 45 minutes southwest of Ypsi. I loved being there and am proud of the counseling program, but the opportunity to move home to WIHI is a dream come true. I also have extensive experience on the college side, having worked for six years as an admissions rep at EMU and volunteering with prospective students during my own undergrad time at Northwestern. When I'm not at school or caring for my twins, you can usually find me running in Ann Arbor, biking, cooking 30-minute meals or taking a nap!
Pierre Rice Jr.
Grades 6-9 Counselor
Pierre Rice Jr. joined the WIMA/WIHI Student Support Team during the 2019-20 school year! Mr. Rice works as the primary counselor for students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Additionally, 9th grades who attended WIMA are part of Mr. Rice's caseload. He workes with the SST to support students with social, emotional, academic, and mental health needs.
Mr. Rice comes to us with over ten years of experience working with students in Ypsilanti and has extensive experience working as a site coordinator with EMU's Bright Futures After school Program for the past 11 years. He earned two Bachelor's degrees in History and Social Studies and a Master's degree in School Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Rice is skilled in developing positive and caring relationships with diverse students and we are excited to have him as part of our exceptional Student Support Team!
Grades 9-10 Counselor
Hello, I am the Student Support Counselor, serving WIHI students in grade 9 and 10! I am originally from Flint, MI, born and raised. In 2016 I graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. I graduated from the University of Michigan in December 2018 with a Master's Degree in Social Work, with School Social Work Certification, as well as a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership & Policy.
After graduating from MSU, I joined City Year, an AmeriCorps Program, where I had the opportunity to help close student achievement gaps in a lower performing school in Milwaukee, WI. Through my experience as an AmeriCorps member I began to fully understand, and witness, the school to prison pipeline as well as the impact of educational disparities inside and outside of school on students, families and communities, which, ultimately, inspired me to become a change agent in schools to support all students. Through my many experiences, both personal and professional, I am passionate about advocating for and supporting youth. I truly believe that no matter the circumstance, any child can succeed as long as they have support.
My priorities are to use a strength-based, equitable approach to support students socially, emotionally, and academically while promoting mental health awareness & coping strategies as well as cultivating positive, caring relationships with students, families, and staff.