Tivy Counseling Department

  • Tivy High School provides a comprehensive developmental guidance program based on The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs, Fifth Edition, (Texas Model). The Model was designed in order to establish, implement, manage, and evaluate the comprehensive school counseling program designed to benefit all their students. This program provides individual assistance in a proactive manner which emphasizes the response to students' expected developmental needs at a time when those needs can be most effectively met.

    The Tivy Guidance and Counseling Department consists of four academic guidance counselors who work with students according to their last names. There is also a registrar, counseling department secretary, and college & career advisor to assist parents, students, and staff. 

  • Professional Guidance Counselors:

    Missy Van Hoozer,  Lead Counselor & School Counselor for students with the last names A-D

     Missy Van Hoozer

    It is my honor to be spending my 28th in Kerrville ISD as part of the Tivy High School Counseling TEAM. After 16 years in the dream job of Elementary PE Teacher at Starkey Elementary, I received my M. Ed. in Counseling from Angelo State University and spent the next three years as a Counselor at Hal Peterson Middle School. This is my ninth year proudly serving the Tivy family.

    I also enjoy snow skiing, fishing at the coast with my husband Leslie and adventures great and small with our four daughters and three precious granddaughters.

    Contact Information:


    830-257-2212, ext. 3521

     Amy Waiser, School Counselor for students with the last names E-K

    Amy Waiser

    I am excited to get to be your student's school counselor! This is my 1st year as one of the certified school counselors at Tivy High School. Prior to being a school counselor at THS, I was a middle school and high school counselor for 12 years. I have also taught elementary school. I obtained a Master of Education in Counseling from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University. I am a Certified School Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. In my spare time I love to spend time with my family, enjoy the great outdoors and watch any A&M athletic event. WHOOP! I look forward to an amazing 2021-2022 school year.

    Contact Information:


    830-257-2212, ext. 3522

    Luis Espinosa, School Counselor for students with last names L-Q

     Luis Espinosa

    Welcome to the Tivy High School Counseling Page. My name is Luis Espinosa and I am excited to be your student's school counselor. Prior to being a school counselor, I was a Spanish and Special Education teacher at Tivy for 11 years. I obtained a Master of Education in School Counseling from Lamar University. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and spending time with my family. I look forward to having an amazing school year.

    Contact Information:


    830-257-2212, ext. 3523

     Julie Swalve, School Counselor for students with last names R-Z

     Julie Swalve

    My personal goal as a school counselor is to assist and guide you through the many opportunities and challenges that await you.  I am here to help in the decision making process whether it be personal goal setting, course selection,  college and career planning or just someone to listen. I look forward to working with you on the many possibilities of Tivy High School and beyond.  


    B.A., Psychology/University of Texas of the Permian Basin

    M.S., School Counseling/Wayland Baptist University

    Professional Memberships: Texas School Counselor Association


    Contact Information:


    830-257-2212, ext. 3524



    Counseling Secretary: Charity Weldon

    Charity Weldon

    I am Charity Weldon, the Counseling Secretary at Tivy High School. A big part of my job at Tivy is to schedule and coordinate the amazing substitutes that come to our campus.  Another big part of my job is that I get to experience the daily joy of greeting your child each day as they come in the Counseling Office to talk about schedules, relationships, and whatever else life is throwing at them that day. I truly enjoy getting to know the students of Tivy High School. I am a proud Tivy Alumni…graduated in 1995…a long long time ago! I am also the proud mom of 3 smelly but amazing young men! My oldest son, Hunter, is a United States Marine. My middle son, Riley graduated from Tivy in 2021. And my youngest, Ethan, is a proud Spikes football player in 7th grade. I don’t have a lot of spare time, but when I do…I enjoy watching my kids play sports, attend concerts, go out to eat, vacationing, watch movies, bake goodies, and just about anything I can do with my family! I am in my 3rd year of working at Tivy and feel very blessed to be where I am!  TFND!!

    Contact Information:


    830-257-2212, ext. 3520

     Registrar: Tara Harmon

    Tara Harmon

    Contact Information:


    830-257-2212, ext. 3542

     College and Career Advisor: Katea Riederer

    Katea Riederer

    I started my journey at Tivy in February 2021 as the Career & College Advisor.  I love getting to know students and the Tivy/Kerrville community as I help seniors pursue their post-high school plans- whether they’re headed to college, a tech/trade school, to the military, or entering the workforce.  Previously, I have worked as a HR Regional Manager for a national drugstore chain, as well as a Worship Director.  I hold a BFA in Theatre from Viterbo University.  My family & I relocated from Milwaukee, WI, to Kerrville in 2021, and I became a part of the Tivy family shortly thereafter.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, singing, cooking, and spending time with my husband & 4 young kids, exploring Texas. 

    Contact Information:


    830-257-2212, ext. 3543

     Testing Coordinator:  Jason Gilbreath

    Contact Information:


    830-257-2212, ext. 3541

     School Nurse: Gina Seracan

     Gina Seracen

    Hello! I am the school nurse here at Tivy High School. I began working here in 2018 and I love the Tivy family. I graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor Degree of Liberal Arts. I went back to school and got my Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and my RN license from the Baptist School of Health Professions in San Antonio. I have worked at both Peterson Regional Medical Center and Hill Country Memorial, and Tivy is the most fun. I enjoy working with students and staff and helping to make each day a better day.

    Contact Information:


    830-257-2212, ext. 3525