GHS Counseling

Welcome to the Geneseo High School Counseling Website.   Please use these pages and links to assist you with locating monthly guidance newsletters, scholarships, tools for career and college planning, high school course planning and sequencing, social/emotional resources, and other links that are available for your use and are full of helpful information.

Please come and visit the counseling office or make an appointment as your school counselors are available for assistance.  The Geneseo High School counselors are:

Counselor Students Served Office Phone Number
Linda VanDerLeest A-F 945-0308 Email
Cheryl Ewert G-O 945-0307 Email
Kathy Buysse P-Z 945-0306 Email
Melanie Rice Social Worker 945-0322 Email
Denise Rushing Secretary 945-0313 Email

About GHS Counselors

Miss Kathy Buysse

Ms. Buysse earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University in 1992.  She began her teaching career in 3rd grade in Lincoln, IL.  She then spent the next 5 years teaching 2nd grade in the Hartsburg-Emden School District.  During that time, she attended Illinois State University earning her Masters of Science in Education degree in 1998.

Ms. Buysse spent the last 17 years in the Sherrard school district as a counselor in the junior high and high schools before coming to Geneseo.  She is the Black Hawk College liaison.  As the liaison, she assists students pursue dual credit and dual enrollment courses.

Ms Buysse is the counselor for students last name P-Z.

Miss Cheryl Ewert

Ms. Ewert is a 1970 graduate of Geneseo High School. Go Leafs!! She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, in 1974. While working at the University of Dubuque in Student Services, she earned a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1989, she completed a Masters of Business Administration at St. Ambrose University. Most recently, Ms. Ewert has completed coursework in Professional Life Coaching and Grief Counseling. Prior to coming to GHS, she served as the Dean of Students at Marycrest College and as the Director of Guidance at Alleman High School.

As an employee of District 228, Ms. Ewert is a member of the Building Leadership Team and the CTE (Career/Technical Education) Advisory Board. Her work at GHS also includes the assignment as the test coordinator for all standardized testing (ACT, PSAT and Advanced Placement). Ms. Ewert was also the co-coordinator of the Link Crew program for five years. This highly successful, energetic transition program for incoming freshmen is still going strong eight years later.

Ms Ewert is the counselor for students last name beginning with G thru 0.

Miss Linda VanDerLeest

Ms. Van Der Leest received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin Platteville.  She began her career teaching  physical education, health, and psychology at Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling, Illinois.    During the 11 years she was at Newman, Ms. Van Der Leest coached volleyball, basketball, golf, track and field, was the asst. athletic director, crisis reaction team coordinator.member, homecoming and alumni event coordinator.  She was also an IHSA volleyball and track & field state finals official.  After earning her Masters in Education degree in school counseling from Western Illinois University in 1991, Ms Van Der Leest made the move to Geneseo High School.

During the past 25 years, Ms. Van Der Leest has been a part of establishing the  Jr. Firefighter Program and assists HHH with their Student Volunteer Program and the Geneseo Rotary with their STRIVE program.  She has also been the Community Service Class co-cordinator, high school liaison to Black Hawk  Community College, high school curriculum planning team member, department chair, GEA President, assists in establishing local scholarships, and helped establish mentoring program for new teachers.  Ms. Van Der Leest has also coached softball, basketball and golf at Geneseo High School.  Last year, she joined the A3 team and remains in that capacity today.

Ms. Van Der Leest  is the counselor for students whose last names begin A through F.

Mrs. Melanie Rice

Mrs. Rice received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Eastern Illinois University in 1989.  In 1991, she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a Specialization in Schools and her Type 73 Certificate.
She began work in the Geneseo School District in the fall of 1991.  She has been a Field Supervisor for social work interns since 1994 for the University of Illinois, University of Iowa and St. Ambrose University Graduate Programs in School Social Work.
During the first 15 years of her school career, she had spent her professional time in the Geneseo elementary schools and began working at Geneseo High School during the 2006-2007 school year.