Wellness @ Groves:
District Emotional Health & Wellness Website:
Counseling Department Chair, Counselor for Various Students
Education: Mr. Hurns holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and a minor in History from Xavier University, a Master of Education in Social Studies from Walsh University, and a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Philosophy: Mr. Hurns believes School Counselors most provide counseling through preventive and intervention efforts, advocate for diversity and equity in education, and utilize diverse and multicultural perspectives to help students.
Mr. Hurns' favorite thing about Groves is the variety of academic pathways and activities that students can choose from to develop academically, vocationally and personally.
School Counselor (Last Names S - Z)
Mrs. Adams' Bitmoji Classroom: Click Here
Education: Mrs. Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling from Oakland University.
Philosophy: Mrs. Adams believes that every student can be successful given the right tools. She believes her job is to help students learn and use those tools.
Mrs. Adams’ favorite thing about Groves is building relationships with Groves' students and staff.
School Counselor (Last Names L - R)
Education: Mrs. Barksdale holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Human Services from the University at Buffalo and a Master of Science degree in School Counseling from Canisius College.
Philosophy: Mrs. Barksdale believes every child has the ability to succeed in the academic, social/emotional, and college and career development areas with the help of trusted adults. Mrs. Barksdale is dedicated to empowering students to make independent decisions through the utilization of Solution Focused Therapy.
Mrs. Barksdale’s favorite thing about Groves is the “family-like” atmosphere of the school and its surrounding community.
School Counselor (Last Names A - D)
Education: Mrs. Gohl holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from University of Detroit Mercy.
Philosophy: Mrs. Gohl believes that all students should be treated with respect, dignity, and kindness, always. Success comes in many different forms and no matter what obstacles may come, Mrs. Gohl truly believes that all students can be successful and will continue to advocate and support her students throughout their journey.
Mrs. Gohl’s favorite thing about Groves is how welcoming and kind the staff, students, and community are.
School Counselor (Last Names E - K)
Education: Mrs. Kowalchuk holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Sociology from Michigan State University, a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University, and a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from Wayne State University.
Philosophy: Mrs. Kowalchuk believes in helping students maximize their success and happiness within their social and educational context.
Mrs. Kowalchuk’s favorite thing about Groves is the growth of students!
Mr. Cognetto's Website: Wellness @ Groves
Education: Mr. Cognetto earned an associates degree in general studies from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor's degree in sociology with a social psychology concentration from Western Michigan University and a masters degree in school and mental health counseling from Oakland University.
Counseling Philosophy: Mr. Cognetto takes a mindfulness based holistic approach while supporting others with their development and challenges.
Favorite thing about Groves: The people. Everyone seems to be kind hearted and welcoming!
College and Career Specialist
Mrs. Kondak's Website: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/588
Education: Mrs. Kondak holds a Bachelor of Arts from Alma College and is a Certified Career Development Facilitator – CCSP.
Philosophy: Mrs. Kondkak is an educator first and she acts as one of the many lights on a student’s pathway to self-knowledge and growth. Mrs. Kondak’s goal is help students know their interests to make the best post-high school decisions possible.
Mrs. Kondak’s favorite thing about Groves is our commitment to educating the individual student.
Education: Mrs. Reeves holds an Associate's Degree in Secretarial and Business Administration from South East Essex College of Arts and Technology.
Philosophy: Mrs. Reeves believes that team counseling and putting the needs of the students first is what makes us successful.
Mrs. Reeves’ favorite thing about Groves is that the staff and students rock!
Education: Mrs. Hourdakis holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of South Florida.
Mrs. Hourdakis’ favorite thing about Groves is the atmosphere and the wonderful staff!
Please use the clickable links below for counseling information and printable documents:
COLLEGE & CAREER