• Meet the Counselors 

     

    Originally from Moline, IL, Mrs. Thornton obtained her Elementary Education Degree from Western Illinois University. She holds a Master’s Degree in School Counseling also from Western Illinois University. She is passionate about working with all students and motivating them to reach their goals. She worked as a school counselor in Moline for 12 years before joining the Laing team. Prior to that, she taught Middle School Social Studies and was a 3rd and 4th grade teacher. She and her husband have three children, Evan, Isaac and Anna and three puppies. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, traveling, home décor and photography.

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    After moving from New York to South Carolina, Mrs. Schizas obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Carolina in Human Services and Child Development. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University. She loves working with kids individually, in small groups and in the classroom helping them identify and work towards their goals. She worked as a Clinical Counselor at the Carolina Youth Development Center and has worked in a school setting for the past 9 years. She and her husband have three children, Lily, Caroline and John and two dogs. Her hobbies include traveling, spending time with family and friends, walking her dogs and hiking.

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    Ms. Dawson received her Bachelor’s Degree from Elon University in Elementary Education. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Education in School Counseling from the Citadel. She enjoys working with middle school students and problem solving with them during some of their most challenging years. She has two children, Anna and Lucas and a dog named Remy. Her hobbies include reading, Netflix, spending time with family and hiking.

     

     

     

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    Ms. Gist grew up on James Island and went to the University of South Carolina for her undergrad degree.  She completed her Master's at The Citadel and has been working for CCSD for 21 years. Ms. Gist has been the school counselor at West Ashley Middle and Oakland Elementary.  She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, teaching dance/zumba and watching college football.  She is excited to be working at Laing! 

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