Lisha Vannoy- Counseling Center Director/6th Grade Counselor    
    Email: llvannoy@wsfcs.k12.nc.us 

    I am a native of West Virginia. I have been living in Winston-Salem, NC since 2005. I have four wonderful children and seven absolutely undeniably adorable grandchildren that I love beyond measure and a crazy old, yet so devoted boxer named Winston. I love visiting our children and grandchildren in WV, hanging out with my daughter,her husband and my youngest son who is pursuing a degree in film at University of NC School of the Arts here in Winston Salem. When I'm not keeping the road hot visiting family in WV, my interests are thrifting, decorating, fashion trends, preparing for holidays (my favorites...Halloween and Christmas!), enjoying the company of friends, and church. One amazing fact...I use to be able to flip 700 lb tires. This year's goal is to allow myself to live life not be controlled by life...love more (including self), have a heart of gratitude even when it is doesn't feel possible and maybe learn or try something new. 

    I received my Master degree in school counseling from Marshall University Graduate College…Go Herd! I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor. I feel very blessed to be a school counselor here at TJMS!   I love working with 6th grade students.  I encourage parents to contact me with questions or concerns about your sixth grader. I am always available to speak to students about any concerns they may have. I also serve as the 504 coordinator and AIG Chair. 

    Larisa Hobbs- 7th Grade Counselor
    Email: lkhobbs@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

    Hello students and families! I am the 7th grade counselor at Jefferson Middle. I am thrilled to be a part of such an amazing team. I grew up in Charlotte and attended Appalachian State University for both undergraduate and graduate school. I received my B.A. in Anthropology in 2012 and then worked as an assistant teacher in a Montessori school for a year before returning to ASU. I graduated with my M.A. in Professional School Counseling in 2016, as well as a graduate certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. Since finishing my K-8 counseling internship, I've been teaching yoga, working as a spa receptionist, and taking time to travel. I'm very excited to be back in the counseling field and to be at the middle school level again. I moved to Winston-Salem from Bend, Oregon in May 2018 with my husband, Andrew, and our sweet frisbee-loving pup, Reese. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, camping, and reading good books. 


    I look forward to working with the 7th graders this year through individual counseling, small group counseling, and classroom guidance lessons. I will be at Jefferson Wednesday mornings, all day Thursdays and Fridays. If you need help on a day when I'm not at school, Mrs. Vannoy or Mrs. Smith will be happy to assist you.

    Katie Smith- 8th grade counselor
    Email: kmsmith2@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

    Hello Patriots! I’m glad you are part of the TJMS family. I was born and raised in Kentucky; this is where I started my career in education. I taught in Lexington, Kentucky for 6 years prior to moving to Winston Salem in June of 2010. I received my bachelor's degree in Special Education/Learning & Behavior Disorders(K-12) and Elementary Education (K-6) from the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!) and I completed my MAEd in school counseling from Eastern Kentucky University (Go Colonels!).

    In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family. I love going to the mountains and the beach. And I especially love all things outdoors...biking, hiking, gardening, swimming, walking our dogs. 

    I am excited about this school year.  Throughout the year I have the opportunity to visit classrooms and do guidance lessons, as well as provide individual and/or group counseling as needed. Students visit me for a variety of reasons. I believe communication is a key component in successful school experience; I encourage parents/guardians to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

    I also serve as our schools: Intervention Support Team (IST) chair, National Junior Honors Society sponsor, and Crosby Scholars liaison. I am part of our area crisis team and also facilitate the high school registration process, as well as the 8th grade honors ceremony. 

    Michelle Hart-Counseling Center Clerk
    Email: mchart@wsfcs.k12.nc.us
     Hello, TJMS students and families. I am very excited to be a part of the Jefferson Middle School family. I was born and raised in Winston Salem, NC. I currently live here with my husband, Andrew, our three amazing children, Anna, Michael, and Sara as well as our two adorable pups, Cooper and Josie. 
    Altough I've most recently worked as a paralegal for my husband who is an attorney in town, my formal training is in special education (undergraduate) and school counseling (graduate). It has been 18 years since I have worked in the school system and I've missed it very much. Needless to say, I was thrilled when offered the position of Counseling Center clerk and the opportunity to work in the school setting once again. 
    When I'm not working, our family loves to spend time in the mountains-hiking, fishing while enjoying the wonderful fresh air and the peaceful atmosphere. My hobbies include DIY home projects (and and all!), perusing second hand shops, sewing, collecting old books, and watching movies. 
    I look forward to many long years working alongside Jefferson's wonderful school counselors. Please drop by to say hello if you ever get the chance! 

    Kate Rives- School Social Worker

    Email: ksrives@wsfcs.k12.nc.us 

    I was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. I received my undergraduate from High Point University in Sociology and my master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am also a licensed clinical social worker. I have been in the social work field for 13 years with experience in Child Protective Services and nearly a decade in hospital social work in the Women's Center, specifically the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).

    As a school social worker, I work with families for many different reasons. One of my primary reasons is to address any barriers that may be interfering with school adjustment and success. Some examples are attendance, socio/economic hardship, mental health and grief. If you would like me to talk with your child and or/family, please don't hesitate to call or stop by. I am in the Counseling Center at TJMS on Thursday and Fridays, however, I can adjust my schedule should you need my assistance right away.

    In my spare time, I love to read (US weekly magazines count, right??), spend time with my family, thrift shop, and travel. I am very pleased to be part of TJMS and look forward to meeting new students and their families! 


Last Modified on September 17, 2019