9th and 10th Grade Counselor Carlissa Baker graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. She continued her education at Langston University on an academic scholarship and earned a Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.
Ms. Baker began her career in the mental health field in 2007.She worked as a substance abuse counselor, therapist, and a professor of social sciences. She is an advocate for individuals in the department of corrections and spends her time providing resources and support to help those individuals regain their independence. Ms. Baker is a well-rounded individual that shows commitment for causes greater than herself.
11th and 12th Grade Gudiance Counselor Lori McNeal graduated from Jefferson High School in 1987 and went into the Air Force right after high school and was trained in Security Forces. Ms. McNeal’s first duty station was at McGuire AFB in New Jersey. After the military she was married and started a family. Both of her boys still live in Independence with her three grandchildren. When her boys were in middle school, she decided to go to college to earn the degree that she had always envisioned as an elementary student and that was to be a teacher.
Ms. McNeal received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa in Secondary Education with emphasis in American History, Psychology and Sociology as well as endorsement in Middle Level Education. She then received a Master Degree in Educational Psychology, Professional Teaching, and endorsement in School Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa.
After receiving her degree, she worked in Residential Facilities to work with teenage boys and girls that had gotten into trouble with the law, to help with Behavior Modification and Management.