Lisha Noland- Counseling Center Director/6th Grade Counselor
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 my children and grandchildren in WV, hanging out with my daughter,her husband and my youngest son who is pursuing a degree in film at the University of NC School of the Arts here in Winston Salem. When I'm not 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 (renewing my bicycling skills).
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 serve as the Lead Counselor for the Counseling Center, the 504 coordinator for 6th and 7th grade and serve on the school's Leadership Team.
Michael Briggs- 8th Grade Counselor
Native of Gastonia NC, that went to the University to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for undergraduate and played Varsity Football. After my time in Chapel Hill I completed my masters at Lenoir-Rhyne University in school counseling. I began counseling students in Pennsylvania for five years before moving back to North Carolina and counseling students the past two years, in Wake County. I am married to Jackie Briggs who is coaching field hockey at Wake Forest University. I am excited to work with the students at Jefferson Middle School in my 8th year of counseling at the middle school level.
I also serve as: 504 Coordinator for 8th grade, National Junior Honors Society sponsor, Crosby Scholars liaison and serve on the schools SIT team. I also facilitate the high school registration process, as well as the 8th grade honors ceremony.
Lakisha Henry-Simmons- 7th Grade Counselor
My name is LaKisha Henry-Simmons and It’s so awesome to be a part of the Patriot Family! I am the 7th Grade Part-Time School Counselor at Jefferson Middle School. I’m originally from Tuscaloosa, AL (Roll Tide Roll!!!); we relocated to Winston-Salem in 2006. I’m happily married to Chad and we have three amazing sons, Christian who is a former TJMS Patriot, Cameron and Cayden. We also have a rambunctious Goldendoodle, Sully Jett.
I’m a graduate of High Point University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance and Accounting as well as a Certification in Human Services. I have a Provisional School Counselors License and I’m a soon to be graduate of North Carolina A&T State University with a Masters Degree in School Counseling and a Certification in Family and Marriage Therapy.
I enjoy watching House Remodeling Shows, House Hunters, Married At First Sight and some occasional Reality TV. I’m an avid reader and I enjoy spending time with my family at the beach, traveling, shopping and working in the community through various Civic Organizations, my Church and my Sorority.
I am here to support students and families and I hope to make a positive impact in the lives of our Patriot Students and Families. Please reach out to me when needed!
I will be at Jefferson on Monday and Tuesday, all day and every other Friday. I also serve as the AIG Coordinator and Duke Tip Liason.
Michelle Hart- Guidance Clerk
My name is Michelle Hart and I am the Guidance Clerk at Jefferson Middle School. I was born and raised in Winston Salem, NC. I currently live here with my wonderful husband, Andrew, and have three amazing children, Anna, Michael, and Sara as well as our two adorable pups, Cooper and Josie.
I have a BA degree in special education from High Point University and an MS degree in counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I returned to the school system after being a stay-at-home mom for many years and very happy to be a part of the TJMS family! Go Patriots!
When I'm not working, our family loves to spend time in the mountains-hiking, fishing and enjoying the wonderful fresh air and the peaceful atmosphere. My hobbies include DIY home projects (one and all!), perusing second hand shops, reading, sewing, collecting old books, gardening and watching movies.
As the guidance clerk, I work with enrollments and withdrawals, records, medications, diabetic students, and assist counselors in a variety of tasks. If you are not sure who you need to reach regarding a concern for your child, call the Counseling Department direct line (336-703-4226) and I will be happy to connect you with the right person!
Kate Rives- School Social Worker
My name is Kate Rives and I am the school social worker for TJMS. I have been part of the TJMS family for seven years and wouldn't have it any other way!
I was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. I received my undergraduate from High Point University in Sociology and my master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, I am a licensed clinical social worker and licensed clinical abuse specialist.
I have two daughters in high school (both former TJMS patriots) that keep me on my toes and serve as a reminder that parenting is simultaneously difficult and rewarding. I also have two dogs that barks a lot (the things you learn during remote learning…) but are otherwise, the best pets ever. In my spare time, I love to read, watch reality TV, spend time with my family, thrift shop, and travel.
As a school social worker, I work with families for many different reasons. One of the primary reasons is to address any barriers that may be interfering with school adjustment and success. I believe that families are experts on the nature of their challenges, and there is no such thing as a typical family. Should you need any support during a tough time or transition for your child/family, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I am very pleased to be part of TJMS and look forward to meeting new students and their families!
Last Modified on September 5, 2020