Phone: (217) 532-2841 ext. 4120
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors in Social Work- Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Masters in Social Work- University of Illinois, Champaign (School Specialization)
My name is Katie Hilgert and I am the new Student Social Services Director. I am super excited to become a member of the HHS family and a fellow Topper! I want to take a moment to tell you a little bit about myself and some of the things I hope to accomplish this school year.
I am originally from Nokomis and lived there most of my life. I graduated from Nokomis High School in 1995. I received my bachelor's degree in social work from Southern Illinois Uviversity in Carbondale in 1999. After I graduated from SIU, I worked at Kemmerer Village as a caseworker for three years before moving to Champaign to attend graduate school. I graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign in 2004 with my Master of Social Work degree with a school specialization. I have been a school social worker for the past 17 years working primarily in the Taylorville school district. Although I have worked prekindergarten through grade twelve, the majority of my work and time has been spent at the high school grade levels. While I love kids in general, I have a soft spot for the high school population.
On a personal note, my husband, John, is from Alton and we "met in the middle" and moved to Gillespie about three years ago, shortly before getting married. I am a "GaGa" to two granddaughters and one grandson. I am also a proud aunt of several nieces and nephews. Some of my hobbies include cooking and traveling.
I believe strongly in the importance of building personal relationships with students, thinking outside the box and doing whatever it takes to to provide a positive environment for kids to learn and grow, not only academically but socially and emotionally as well. Some of the services and assistance I can provide through the counseling office include:
* Provide individual counseling to students as needed
* Provide group sessions as needed (study skills, grief, coping skills, etc.)
* Mediate student conflicts
* Respond to parent concerns
* Direct the Sources of Strength suicide prevention program
* Crisis Intervention
* Assist families in identifying and locating needed resources
* Coordinate standardized testing and social/emotional screening
Please do not hesitate to contact me via phone at (217) 532-2841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if I can ever be of assistance. See my helpful resources on this page. I look forward to serving HHS students and families and wish everyone a great school year!