Meet The Counseling Staff

Jennie Lovelace
(Serves students whose last names begin with A through E & Mel - O)
(828) 322-5860 ext. 1112
Jennie Lovelace
"I received a BS in Sociology from Appalachian State University and an MA in School Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University. I have been a school counselor in Burke County and Hickory Public Schools for more than 20 years."

Raeanne Kummer

(Serves students whose last names begin with F through Mejia)
(828) 322-5860 ext. 1111

"I have a BA from Central Michigan University and MA from Gardner-Webb University. I've worked in the field of rehabilitation counseling and school counseling for over 20 years. My caseload here at HHS is with students whose last names begin with F-Li. This is my fifth year as a Red Tornado and am looking forward to working with our students."

Tricia Nielsen
(828) 322-5860 ext. 1109

"I graduated from Presbyterian College with a BS in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on School Counseling and then attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where I earned an MS in Counseling Psychology. I was a school counselor for Catawba County Schools for several years and then worked with teens in foster care in Charlotte for over 23 years. I retired from Mecklenburg County DSS and moved with my family to Hickory in 2014. I’ve missed working with teens, and I’m so happy to be working with the students and staff at Hickory High School!

Jeanne Turner-Simms
(Serves students whose last names begin with P through Z)
(828) 322-5860 ext. 1110


"Hi! I am excited to return to Hickory High School and enter into my 19th year with Hickory Public Schools. I graduated from Lenoir Rhyne College (pre-University), earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  I later returned to LRC to obtain my teacher certification and then shortly thereafter, earn a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling. To all of the HHS friends and family, I am here to serve and do so with a smile!
Go, Hickory High..... Tornado Pride!!!"

Crystal England
Counseling Secretary
(828) 322-5860 ext. 1113
Crystal England
"Hello! My name is Crystal England. I graduated from Hickory High School and I am a proud Red Tornado! I have worked in the Hickory Public Schools system for almost 10 years. Spending all of those years at Viewmont Elementary School, I see so many familiar faces and I have watched many of the students grow right before my eyes! I am the counseling secretary, and if there is anything that I can do to help you, please feel free to contact me!"

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