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About the Counselor - Michelle Gates

About the Counselor - Michelle Gates

I am from Pittsfield.  I graduated from Illinois State University with an Elementary Education degree with a concentration in mathematics. I have taught elementary, middle, and high school for 20 years in Texas, Missouri, and Illinois.  I returned to school in 2018 and attended Creighton University in Nebraska for my graduate degree in School Counseling and Preventive Mental Health and am now the Elementary and Middle School Counselor for the district since 2021.  I love dogs (ask the kids as both offices are decorated with tons of them!!), line dancing, reading, traveling, and being with my friends and family.


Please welcome our newest staff member, Norwich!

Norwich is an 18 mo old black English Labrador. He was selected as a puppy based on his temperament and has been trained and tested extensively for the past 16 months. Norwich has been trained by inmates in Leavenworth, Ft. Leavenworth, and an occupational therapist in Colorado before being ready to be an assistance dog. He knows approximately 50 commands.

English Labs are an older line that produce better service dogs due to the fact they were bred to be water retrieving dogs and are very good at waiting until being told to do something. You will notice with Norwich, he has a blockier head, broader chest, and a flatter otter-style tail.

Norwich is super excited to be at Griggsville Perry with his handler Ms. Gates as they split the week between the middle school and the elementary school. This is a whole new setting for him and he is adjusting well.

Norwich - 18 month old English Labrador

Ms. Gates and Norwich

Norwich with his handler, Ms. Gates

Middle School201 E. North StreetPerry, IL  62362

p. 217.236.9161

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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