Symone Langston

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Symone Langston

Director of Guidance
 
Symone Langston has been with the Columbia Public Schools since 1993. Her career began as a Home School Communicator at David H. Hickman High School (13 years) until she became a Guidance Counselor. After being a guidance counselor for one year, she was promoted to District Coordinator of the Minority Achievement Committee Scholars Program (MAC Scholars), an organization that she developed and started at Hickman High School. She oversaw nine MAC Scholar programs with a staff of 23 sponsors. After being the MAC Scholars Coordinator for 3 years, she returned to Hickman High School as a Professional School Counselor. Three years ago, she joined the staff of Frederick Douglass High School where she is the Director of Guidance/Professional School Counselor.

Symone is a 1992 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Women Studies, History with an African-American emphasis, and Human Development and Family Studies. She has a Masters of Education in Counseling from Stephens College.

She has one daughter, Mahogany Savoy Thomas—a sophomore at Westminster College and a 8-year-old son, Langston Isaiah Thomas, who is a 2nd grader. When she is not working, she enjoys garage sale shopping, movies, napping and being with her family and close friends.
 
 Laura Haines

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Laura Haines

Outreach Counselor
 Scottie Williams

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Scottie Williams

Home School Communicator
 Dedan Githegi

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Dedan Githegi

Internship & Community Supervisor
 
Dedan Githegi graduated with a Master’s degree in International Relations and Public Administration from Missouri State University in 2009. He joined Douglass High School in 2013 after being exposed to the education field through the Adult English Language Learners Program that was housed at Douglass High School.

Originally from Kenya, Dedan has called the United States home since 1995. He spent his first 15 years in the states in Springfield Missouri and moved to Columbia in 2011 after a six month stint volunteering and reacquainting himself with Africa.

Dedan has a passion for helping young people recognize and take advantage of all the opportunities available in our dynamic and broad economy. He believes that with dedication and a commitment to succeed, young learners can overcome barriers and succeed both in and outside the classroom.

Dedan is married with two children and in his spare time, when he’s not shuttling his children to sports practice or school events, he enjoys reading, riding his bike, traveling and music. During summer breaks, he enjoys canoeing, fishing and hiking in the Ozarks.
 
 Annelle Whitt

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Annelle Whitt

MAC Scholars Coordinator