Counselor of the Week: Mrs. Thompkins


Melissa Strome and Ryan Horwitz

Mrs. Thompkins is an experienced and knowledgable counselor at West Bloomfield High School. She stays busy with her two daughters. Her eldest previously attended WBHS and graduated from Northwestern University. Her youngest daughter, Nia, is a sophomore at WBHS. She also is a proud member of her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. She stays busy by providing workshops to the rookies of the Detroit Lions, rollerskating, dancing, traveling, reading, and volunteering. Below is even more information about Mrs. Thompkins.

How long have you been a counselor?

I have been a counselor for 17 years, but I have been an educator for 24!

How long have you been in the West Bloomfield School District?

This is my 15th year with WBSD.

Which groups of students are on your caseload?

I serve students with last names Pr- Te  for grades 9-11, and Pau-Ti for 12th grade.

What is something that you are looking forward to at WB?

With the recent changes in the counseling department I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues and getting to know them and continuing to provide exceptional service to the students of WBHS.

Where did you work before coming to WBHS?

Prior to working at WBHS I was a counselor at my alma mater Denby High School (of Detroit Public Schools).  I also worked with Detroit City Council and was the executive director of a nonprofit organization which focused on revitalizing the city of Detroit.  My first teaching experience was in Fairfax County, VA.

Where did you graduate from?

I received my Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and I received my Masters from Wayne State University.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to freshman?

I would encourage my freshman to take advantage of all that WBHS has to offer, expose themselves to their interests and passions and to immerse themselves into the wonderful diverse tapestry of our student body.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to seniors?

I encourage my seniors to stay focused. The 2nd semester tends to tempt seniors to become a little more relaxed however they must remember to continue to maximize their potential.  Their next phase of life will be some of the most exciting years of their lives.  It is a pleasure to help them with their journey!

Do you have a motto that they follow?

BElieve in YOUrself!