Welcome to the Geneseo High School Counseling Website. Please use these pages and links to assist you with locating monthly guidance newsletters, scholarships, tools for career and college planning, high school course planning and sequencing, social/emotional resources, and other links that are available for your use and are full of helpful information.
Please come and visit the counseling office or make an appointment as your school counselors are available for assistance. The Geneseo High School counselors are:
|Counselor||Students Served||Office Phone Number|
|Melanie Rice||Social Worker||945-0322|
About GHS Counselors
Miss Cheryl Ewert
Ms. Ewert is a 1970 graduate of Geneseo High School. Go Leafs!! She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois in 1974. While working at the University of Dubuque, she earned a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling in 1981 from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1989, she completed a Masters in Business Administration at St. Ambrose University while working as the Dean of Students at Marycrest College and as Director of Guidance at Alleman High School.
As an employee of District 228 for the past 15 years, Ms. Ewert has served as a member of the Professional Development Team and currently is a member of the CTE (Career/Technical Education) Advisory Board. Ms. Ewert was also the co-coordinator of the Link Crew program for five years. This is a highly successful, energetic transition program for incoming freshmen. Her work at GHS also includes being the test coordinator for all standardized testing (ACT, PLAN, EXPLORE, Advanced Placement, PSAT and the Prairie State Exam).
Mrs. Patrice Johannsen
Mrs. Johannsen received her Bachelor of Arts in Education and French from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She began her career teaching 5th grade social studies and science at Jordan Elementary, followed by 21 years teaching French at Alleman High School and earning a Masters degree in Education from Western Illinois University. Leadership positions included sponsoring the Winter Performing Arts Production, National Honor Society, Student Council/Government, Foreign Language Club, and assistant to the girl’s tennis coach. After earning a Master of Science degree in school counseling, Mrs. Johannsen served the students at Morrison High School for 6 years as counselor, Tech Prep coordinator, dual credit facilitator to Sauk Valley Community College, district strategic planning team member, and high school curriculum planning team member.
Mrs. Johannsen achieved National Board Certification in counseling in 2003 and has served as senator for the local chapter of the Illinois Counseling Association since 2007 until the present. She has been a counselor at Geneseo High School since the fall of 2007 and is the liaison for GHS students who want to pursue dual credit and dual enrollment courses offered by Black Hawk College. Since 2012 Mrs. Johannsen has served as a member of the High School Building Leadership Team. Mrs. Johannsen is also responsible for updates to the counseling web pages and coordinates the Career Cruising program with the GHS faculty and students.
Miss Linda VanDerLeest
Miss Van Der Leest received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Wisconsin Platteville. She began her career teaching physical education, health, and psychology at Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling, Illinois. During the 11 years she was at Newman, Miss Van Der Leest coached volleyball, basketball, golf, track and field, was the asst. athletic director, crisis reaction team coordinator.member, homecoming and alumni event coordinator. She was also an IHSA volleyball and track & field official. After earning her Masters in Education degree in school counseling from Western Illinois University in 1991, Miss Van Der Leest made the move to Geneseo High School. Miss Van Der Leest serves the students whose last names begin A through F. Some of the duties that Miss Van Der Leest has been a part of while at Geneseo include: Jr. Firefighter Program, HHH Student Volunteer Program, Community Service Class co-cordinator, high school liaison to Black Hawk Community College, high school curriculum planning team member, department chair, GEA President, assists in establishing local scholarships, helped establish mentoring program for new teachers, and was a member of the group that established the crisis management plan for the school district. Miss Van Der Leest has also coached softball, basketball and golf at Geneseo High School.
Mrs. Melanie Rice
Mrs. Rice received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Eastern Illinois University in 1989. In 1991, she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a Specialization in Schools and her Type 73 Certificate.
She began work in the Geneseo School District in the fall of 1991. She has been a Field Supervisor for social work interns since 1994 for the University of Illinois, University of Iowa and St. Ambrose University Graduate Programs in School Social Work.
During the first 15 years of her school career, she had spent her professional time in the Geneseo elementary schools and began working at Geneseo High School during the 2006-2007 school year.