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Counselor Bios Last Updated: 11/17/2020 8:00 PM

Joe McPherson

Last name: A-Ci


I am Joe McPherson. I have lived in Johnson City my entire life. I graduated from University High School and ETSU. I am married to my beautiful wife Paula who teaches at Science Hill in the Health Sciences department. I am the proud father of 3 Science Hill graduates Marissa, Corey, and Tucker, and my most rewarding role these days is grandfather to 3 amazing little ones - Aspyn, Ellis , and Turner. I enjoy exercising with my wife. She even convinced me to do yoga with her. I enjoy golf, fishing, and most other sports. Our military men and women and their families have a special place in my heart. I am very blessed to come to a job that I enjoy each day. I enjoy helping our students with important decisions about life after high school.


Kim Thompson

Last name: Cj-Gi


Hello Toppers, I am Kimberly Thompson. I am not originally from this area. I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida before I moved to Corbin, Kentucky where I graduated from Corbin High School. I am also a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and Milligan University. I moved to East Tennessee when I married my wonderful husband Brad. We have two children Taylor and Tye. We also have 5, yes 5, fur babies: Judas, Maya, Wrigley, Bentley, and Pepper. I love spending time with my family, friends, crocheting, reading, antique shopping and being a beach bum when at all possible. I come from a long line of educators and I have always known that I wanted to help students in some form. I have been in education now for the last 21 years in different capacities but the one I have loved the most has been counseling. I became a School Counselor to make a difference in young minds and guide them on their journey of not only finding their career path, but achieving their academic, emotional and social goals. Being a counselor to me is not just a position in the school setting; it is my calling and passion and I am honored to be a counselor here at Science Hill High School.


Holly English

Last name: Gj-Ki

Hello, I am Holly English. I'm a native of the Tri-cities area and a former graduate of Milligan University. I love working with our students, and helping them grow and mature academically, socially, and emotionally. I have a passion for mental health and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health. When I'm not at school, you will usually find me outside hiking, biking, or gardening. I truly enjoy spending time getting to know each of my students, and I cannot wait to meet you soon.


Ryan Goines

Last name: Kj-M

Hello, I am Ryan Goines. I am a graduate from both ETSU and Milligan Unversity and I have lived in the Tri-city area since 2011. My wife and I love doing anything outdoors whether that's hiking, volleyball, or just going for a walk. I have a passion for helping students grow into healthier versions of themselves, whether that is emotionally, socially, or academically. I can not wait for this school year to begin and to get to know everyone!


Suzanne Reaves

Last name: N-Sh

Hello SHHS students and parents! My name is Suzanne Reaves, and I have lived in Johnson City for the last 25 years. I graduated from Tennessee High School, and worked as a counselor there for seven years. I am excited to be in my 6th year with JCS. All three of my children are Science Hill graduates and so is my husband. In my spare time, I like to read, walk, and my husband and I love to go to the movies. I have a passion for all kids at SHHS and Topper Academy, and they hold a special place in my heart. I am excited for this year and I hope to meet with you and your student face to face very soon!


Josh Jarnigan

Last name: Si-Z
Hello students and parents! I am very happy to be on the staff at SHHS for my 15th year. During my time as an educator, I have served as a World Geography teacher, In School Suspension teacher, middle school counselor, and high school counselor. I graduated from Morristown East High School and then from ETSU and Lincoln Memorial University. I love to travel, hike, read, watch various sports, and work on projects around the house. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Stephani, for 19 years and have two children, Carlisle and Jansen. I am excited to help our students with their academic, career, and personal goals and look forward to an excellent school year!

Support Staff


Tim Vanthournout

Anthony Jones

Lucas Hitechew


Frontier Health

Frontier Health Therapists are additional support for JCS students.

Kayla-Rayne Withrow, MSW
Therapist with Frontier Health, based at SHHS.

Sammi Nelson
Therapist with Frontier Health, based at SHHS.

Lurelle Maxey, LPC-MHSP
Therapist with Frontier Health, based at Topper Academy.