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Bearcat Returns Home to Serve as Counseling and Student Services Coordinator

For Julie Hill, returning home to Sherman, TX from South Carolina to work seemed a bit far fetched. That was until she stumbled across a job opening at her alma mater that looked like the perfect fit.

“I have been looking for job openings for years with Sherman ISD because this is my hometown,” Hill said. “One day something told me to check the Sherman ISD website, and I saw the right position for me.”

Hill applied for the job and was scheduled for an interview. After about a month long process, she received an offer and accepted the position as the District’s Coordinator of Counseling and Students Services.

“I was excited to get the call,” Hill expressed.

Starting this week, Hill will begin collaborating with SISD counselors with a focus on career development and enhancing student resources. She will also provide direct support for campus nurses and student support services.

Before joining Sherman ISD, Hill worked as a Director of Counselors who specialized in group and academic counseling and 504 requirements in Greenville County Schools in South Carolina. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree in counseling from Texas A&M Commerce, and she is a proud 1980 graduate of Sherman High School.

“It has been incredible to return to Sherman, TX,” Hill expressed after explaining her excitement of working in her hometown. “Although Sherman High School looks different and many things have changed, a lot remains the same, and I am looking forward to everything.”

Assistant Superintendent of Student Engagement and Support Dr. Tamy Smalskas believes that Hill’s passion for Sherman ISD coupled with her professional experience will be an asset in the development of programs that will help ensure student success.

“Julie and I recently walked the halls of Sherman High School, and it brought back many memories for her,” Smalskas said. “She has a love for our district, an understanding of our students, families, and community, and a clear vision for the direction of our counseling and student services department. We are happy she chose to come home.”

In her new role, Hill will wear many hats. She will collaborate with campus nurses, coordinate health services, lead the counseling department, manage 504 services, and provide leadership with student attendance. She is also looking forward to developing different programs that will directly benefit Sherman ISD students.

“I’m looking forward to helping people be more effective advocates for our kids and getting to work,” she said. “I am happy to be home.”

Kimberly Simpson