Mrs. Emily Straub

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Mrs. Emily Straub

Hello! My name is Emily Straub and I am the 8th grade counselor. Here’s a little about me.

I grew up in Friendswood, Texas and after high school, I attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas (Go Red Raiders!) to earn my Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies. A few years into my teaching career I decided to go back to school and earn my Masters in School Counseling from Lamar University. I have been a part of Pearland schools since 2012. Prior to Junior High South, I was a math and science teacher at Berry Miller Junior High for 7 years; I think junior high students are the best and I am lucky to be part of such a strong and supportive community.

As for my family, my husband and I met after college and got married in 2015. We welcomed a beautiful daughter, Carter, in 2018. I also have two dogs that truly complete my family.

I am so excited to be your student’s junior high school counselor and am here to help in any way that I can. My goal is for every student to be successful and reach their maximum potential. I absolutely love my job and I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you!

Mrs. Yamelis Hennigan

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Bachelor's of Science in Psychology

Mrs. Yamelis Hennigan

Hello! My name is Yamelis Hennigan and I am the 7th grade Counselor. Let me tell you a little about myself. 

I was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and left my beautiful island when I was 3 years old to live in Kemah, Texas. When I was 6 years old we moved again; this time to Jubail, Saudi Arabia! I went to school in Saudi Arabia from 1st grade through 6th grade. We left Saudi the summer before my 7th grade year and moved to Pasadena, TX. I went to Deepwater Junior High and then to Deer Park High School. 

After high school I went to Lamar University on a Track and Field scholarship. I earned my Bachelor's of Science in Psychology with a minor in Biology. I met my future husband while at Lamar. We married in 2006 and now have 3 beautiful children. Noah, my oldest is 12, Liam is 9, and Gillian is 6. I definitely have my hands full! My family is my # 1 success in life! 

 After graduating from Lamar, I began teaching Biology and Integrated Physics and Chemistry and coaching Track and Cross-country. I decided to go back to school and earn a Masters in School Counseling. I love my job and I enjoy helping and getting to know each and every one of you. 

 

Dr. Dawn Hon

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Dr. Dawn Hon

Hi! I’m Dawn Hon and I am the Student Support Counselor.  This is my first year in Pearland ISD, but I’m not new to counseling.  I’ve been a counselor for 12 years, and will be starting my 19th year as an educator.  I come from the elementary world, and am so excited to be a part of the junior high world!  I absolutely love helping students navigate through life in a positive way.

I completed my undergrad degree in Education at Our Lady of the Lake University, and my Masters and Doctorate at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.  I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern.

I grew up in La Porte (Go Bulldogs!), and I’ve got a sweet tornado of a son named Lucas who will be 4 soon. He is my pride and joy!

As a Student Support Counselor, I will split my time between PJH South and PJH West.  I’ll be at South on Monday mornings, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.  But if you need anything while I’m at my other campus, you can always get a hold of me via email.

I can’t wait to work with each and every one of you! Welcome to South!