• Notes from Ms. Harps, School Counselor

    My name is Melissa Harps and I am very excited to be the school counselor at Clinton Elementary this year.

    I am in my 20th year of teaching. I graduated from Miami University for my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Go Redhawks! I then received my graduate degree from the University of Dayton for School Counseling. I have previously been a 4th and 6th Grade teacher, a Reading Coach, and a School Counselor.  I live in Clintonville and enjoy all the wonderful assets of our community; the Whetstone Library and Recreation Center, walking to neighborhood restaurants, and participating in 4th of July celebrations. My son also attends Clinton, so I know how wonderful this school is!

    I look forward to working with students in monthly classroom lessons, small groups, and individuals, when needed.  I also assist the school in encouraging and planning experiences to enrich the school lives of our students through Cub Pride, leadership opportunities, building coping strategies, and connecting families to community programs.

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or needs throughout the year. I am at school each Monday through Wednesday. 


    During this year, I will be sending home letters that explain what I am doing monthly in the classrooms that work on social-emotional learning. I hope this helps you know what your students are working on, and provide some conversation points as the year goes.  So, look in your child’s book bag to see what is new and exciting in the monthly Classroom Counselor lessons!