Jennings County Middle School
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School Counseling Office

The mission of the Jennings County Middle School school counseling program is to enable all students to experience educational success by providing guidance in the areas of academic, career, and citizenship development; counseling to help students overcome challenges that interfere with learning; and advocacy for an environment that supports high achievement for all students. Through the school counseling program, students become successful learners, responsible citizens, and productive members of a global economy.

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All of our students are important to us, and we want to help in any way we can! Please reach out if you're struggling or simply need a little extra support.

Madalyn Cardinal
Class of 2028 Counselor

About Madalyn Cardinal

Zabrina Nicholson

There are many pieces of who I am that started here in this incredible town. I was raised in Jennings County schools and have grown up knowing the heart and mission of Jennings County School Corporation. I have several family members who serve students in our schools and because of that upbringing, I developed a passion to give back to the very schools that made me.

I attended Graham Creek Elementary, passed through Jennings County Middle School (JCMS), and graduated from Jennings County High School in 2015. After graduation, I attended two smaller schools to continue my education in social work and athletic career in softball. The fall of my junior year, I transferred to the best place on earth - Indiana University Bloomington - to finish my degree in social work in 2019. I knew that ultimately, I wanted to build my career in education and social work, so I went straight into my master’s program at IUPUI where I studied school social work. After my 2020 graduation, I worked as a licensed therapist at a private practice agency in Seymour and shifted career paths to school counseling in 2021 at JCMS.

My husband Blake and I got married in 2020 and welcomed our first blessing in 2021. She is the light of our lives and has a personality that brings joy to every room. We have two golden retrievers who are gentle, sweet, and obsessed with our daughter, Rubi. We love going to IU football games, taking family walks at our local parks, and eating out at our favorite Jennings County restaurants.

Middle schoolers are so vibrant, eager, and wonderfully curious about life and what their purpose is. I have learned so much from them, and I plan to continue being a student to them as they pass through JCMS and on to their future.

My mission is to serve and support our students in new, exciting, and enlightening ways so that they have the social, emotional, and behavioral skills necessary to become successful individuals. While their time at JCMS is short, my hope is that they look back and know that the School Counseling Office helped build their foundation for college and career readiness, mental health awareness, and life skills essential to well-being.

Feel free to reach out and contact me if you need any assistance and I will be happy to help!


Zabrina Nicholson
Class of 2029 Counselor

About Zabrina Nicholson

Zabrina Nicholson

I am originally from Seymour, Indiana, born and raised, and graduated from there in 1996. After high school, I attended Oakland City University in southern Indiana, and graduated from there in 2000 with a degree in English education. My first teaching job was at Medora High School, but I was only there one year. In the midst of the chaos of being a first-year teacher, I also married my high school sweetheart that year.

In the fall of 2001, I started at Crothersville High School, teaching English to grades 10 through 12. I was there for 15 years. I coached volleyball and softball there for many years. I was the yearbook advisor for 12 years. I worked with many awesome young adults who encouraged me to go back to school and become a counselor. In the spring of 2015, I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a master’s degree in school counseling.

My husband, three daughters, and various pets live in Seymour above what used to be the bicycle shop that my husband owned; after being elected mayor in Seymour, we closed the business. Our two oldest are in college (one at Ball State and one at Ivy Tech), but our youngest is still in high school, so we are actively supporting her in swim and marching band.

I started my school counseling career at JCMS in the fall of 2016 and have loved it! We have an awesome faculty and staff. Getting to work with kids, helping them gain the skills they need to reach each and every goal they set for themselves is what being in education is all about. The skills I work with may not come from a textbook, but social and emotional skills are still important as these students grow and mature into professional young adults.

Our goal is to help every student be successful. Please never hesitate to email me or call if there is ever anything I can try and help with. We are all on the same team when it comes to helping students learn, grow, and succeed.



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Counseling Office October Newsletter
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Homework Help

We hope students who need extra help on assignments will take advantage of this great opportunity. Students can get help with their homework in the library after school every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15 to 5:00 p.m. They can get their missing work between 3:15 and 3:30 pm. Homework Help sessions are supervised by two assistants each afternoon.

Homework Hotline
Homework Hotline is a free, online service designed to help students in grades 6–12 with science and math. It’s funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and is a great resource for students.