By: Griffin Anderson, Contributing Writer
Mrs. Charla Dickerson and Mrs. Tonya Dimmitt, school counselors at Centralia High School, were the recipients of the September Arrangement of the Month.
The Arrangement of the Month honors staff members at CHS for their hard work and dedication. Dr. Matt Smith, principal of Centralia High School, selects the recipients each month and presents them with a flower from In Full Bloom Flower Shop in downtown Centralia.
Smith selected Dickerson and Dimmitt for this award because of the changes they have had to make due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Over the summer, the counselors offered to have schedule change appointments over Zoom, an online resource that is for conference and group calls.
“Mrs. Dimmitt and Mrs. Dickerson always do a great job helping students put together their schedules, but they have gone above and beyond this summer and fall. They have worked hard to serve as a liaison between students, teachers, and contracted providers to ensure that every student gets enrolled in the right combination of courses,” said Dr. Smith.
Dickerson, who is originally from Paris, Missouri, has been working in the district since 1998. She was originally a Parents as Teachers (P.A.T.) educator at Chance Elementary, before transitioning to becoming a school counselor at CHS in 2007. Mrs. Dickerson primarily works with freshmen and sophomore students.
“I really enjoy this age group. I feel that a lot of times teenagers get a bad wrap, but I find that the students at CHS are amazing. Our students have amazing futures and it is an honor to be a part of watching that happen,” said Mrs. Dickerson.
Mrs. Dickerson is married to Richard Dickerson, and they have three children: Kyland, Kyra and Kennedy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on the Missouri State Bears.
Dimmitt has been in the district as a school counselor since 2006. She spent her first year at Chester Boren Middle School before making the transition to CHS in 2007. Mrs. Dimmitt primarily works with junior and senior students.
“I love the energy here at the high school. There is always something going on that students are excited about. I enjoy helping the students with whatever they may need, whether it be a counseling session, schedule changes or college and career readiness,” said Mrs. Dimmitt.
Mrs. Dimmitt is married to Tim Dimmitt, and they have two children: Morgan and Cooper. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, completing puzzles and cheering on the Missouri Tigers.