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The Guidance Department is a safe, confidential place for students to receive many kinds of support services.   Counselors help students develop interpersonal skills and assist when there are friendship issues, help select appropriate coursework and offer guidance for future education plans, may serve as liaisons between home and the classroom, and coordinate many school recognition and character education programs.

Mrs. Turnipseed

Selena Turnipseed is the counselor for the entire 6th grade and 7th grade students whose last names begin with A-L.

She is the school contact for Red Ribbon Week activities and the 7th grade Duke TIP Program. 

Mrs. Turnipseed joined the faculty of Woodruff Middle School in 1999.  Prior to moving to the Upstate, Mrs. Turnipseed lived in Columbia and worked as a school counselor in Newberry County at Boundary Street Elementary School and Mid-Carolina Middle School. She earned both her B.A. in English (1994) and her Masters in Counselor Education (1996) from the University of South Carolina.   Originally from Spartanburg, SC, she is a 1990 graduate of Spartanburg High School. She currently lives in Woodruff with her husband David and two daughters, Sydney and Laney.  Mrs. Turnipseed enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and baking, watching sports, and reading non-fiction.

“I have always enjoyed working with children, especially those in middle school. So many of our students need extra encouragement, not discouragement in their lives.”


Mrs. Lawson

Tracy Lawson is over WMS Student Services.

She is the school contact for testing, character education, and college and career education.  She is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator

Mrs. Lawson served as 8th grade math teacher for 17 years at Woodruff Middle.  She earned  a B.A. from University of South Carolina - Spartanburg and a  M.Ed. from Converse.  A 1991 graduate of Dorman High School, Mrs. Lawson is married to Doyle Lawson.  They have a daughter, Ansley, and two sons, Andrew and Adam.  Mrs. Lawson's hobbies include jigsaw puzzles, travel, and sports.



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