Guidance

The APHS Guidance Department is here to help students and parents as they make the exciting journey through high school. Contact the Guidance office for enrollment.


Parents: If you would like to have a conference with your son/daughter’s Guidance Counselor, please call to make an appointment so we can serve you. Walk-in meetings are very difficult as counselors may be meeting with other parents or students, visiting classrooms for group guidance sessions, or in meetings/training.


Please make sure you sign up for the guidance Google Classroom for your graduation year. This is how you will request your courses for next year.

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Guidance Counselors will be available by email or phone from 7:45-3:15 Monday - Friday.

Mrs. Griffin: A-Gl (863)452-4311 ext.13121 griffink1@highlands.k12.fl.us


Mrs. Ridenour: Go-M (863)452-4311 ext. 13119 ridenoua@highlands.k12.fl.us


Mrs. Guerndt: N-Z (863)452-4311 ext. 13115 guerndta@highlands.k12.fl.us


Counselors

Mrs. Kelly Griffin | Last Names: A-G

Mrs. Kelly Griffin graduated from Sebring High School in 1991. She began her teaching career at Cracker Trail Elem in Sebring In 1996, after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. In 2006, she graduated from the University of South Florida with a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling and became a Guidance Counselor at Woodlawn Elementary. Mrs. Griffin came to Avon Park High School in 2016 and loves assisting her students in planning and preparing for their futures.

Mrs. Ashley Ridenour | Last Names: Go-M

Mrs. Ashley Ridenour graduated from Sebring High School in 2003 and began her post-secondary studies at the University of South Florida. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from USF with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She then went on to earn her Master's degree in Counseling from Webster University in 2010. She has worked at Avon Park High School since 2011 and loves being part of the APHS family!

Mrs. Amy Guerndt | Last Names: N-Z

Mrs. Cynthia Barrett | Graduation Coach

Cynthia Barrett is a proud 1984 graduate of Avon Park High School and began her post-secondary studies at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science/PAD and a minor in Secondary Education. After teaching for four years in Leon County at Belle Vue Middle School. Mrs. B returned to her Alma Mater (APHS) as a Social Studies teacher (Economics and AP World History) from 1994 - 2022. She is now the APHS Graduation Coach. Her role is to provide assistance to all high school students regarding graduation and completion with an emphasis on analyzing data to identify students facing graduation problems. Mrs. Barrett also organizes the Red Devil Buddy Mentoring Program for 9th and 10th graders that need academic assistance.