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Director of School Counseling & Counselor for Last Names: A-C

Mrs. Holly Riggins grew up in Washington and attended Washington Community High School. She spent her college years at Illinois State University, earning a degree in history education. Mrs. Riggins taught US History for six years at Pekin Community High School before becoming a counselor at MHS in 2011. She has attended Bradley University for both her MA in School Counseling and Educational Leadership certificate. In 2016, Mrs. Riggins became the Director of Counseling.

Counselor for Last Names D-J

Mrs. Jordan Spicklemire grew up in Carmel, Indiana and attended Carmel High School.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Ball State University in Psychology (2008) and her Master's Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in School Counseling (2011).  She started her school counseling career in Indianapolis and at Bishop Chatard High School for five years. Before joining the MHS counseling department in 2018, Mrs. Spicklemire was a school counselor at East Peoria Community High School for one school year.  

Counselor for Last Names: K-N

Mrs. Christina Kienitz grew up in Lubbock, Texas and Michigan City, Indiana.  She attended Ball State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education.  During thirteen years as a Social Studies teacher at Pekin Community High School, Mrs. Kienitz also completed a Master of Science at ISU in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master of Science in School Counseling at Bradley.  Mrs. Kienitz was a school counselor at PCHS for two years before becoming a school counselor at MHS in 2016.  Mrs. Kienitz is thrilled to be a part of the greater Morton Community and to collaboratively serve the students and families of MHS!

Counselor for Last Names: O-Sh

Mr. Chase Bushman graduated from Morton High School in 2007 and then went to the University of Illinois where he graduated in 2011 with a degree in History and Secondary Education. Most recently, Chase graduated from Bradley University in 2018 with a Master of Arts Degree in Professional School Counseling. For the past eight years he has worked at Pekin Community High School as a Social Studies teacher (seven years) and School Counselor (one year).  Mr. Bushman is excited to return to my home district this coming year and look forward to being a Potter once again!

Counselors for Last Names Si-Z

Mrs. Taylor King grew up in Pekin, Illinois and attended Pekin Community High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. She continued her education at Bradley University, receiving a Master of Arts in School Counseling. Mrs. King is passionate about serving the adolescent population and is thankful for the wonderful opportunity to work as a counselor at Morton High School!

Mrs. King lives in Danvers with her husband, Aaron, and their two poodles, Sammy and Lucy Belle. In her spare time, she can usually be found baking desserts, playing with her dogs, or spending time with her loved ones!

Sara Hornsby

Counseling Secretary & Registrar