Meet the Student Services Team

The Student Services Department is composed of a team of service providers dedicated to meet the educational, social, and emotional needs of CHS students.


Laura Taubery – Assistant Principal of Student Services, (847) 464.8308

School Counselors

Brian Melvin, Last Names A – Dr, Dual Credit Students, (847) 464.0025

Back to School Video (Mr. Melvin)

I attended North Park University in Chicago and studied Physical Education and Business. I started my career in the corporate world, however, in coaching football I realized that I was happiest when I was working with high school students. I went back to school to become a school counselor. I graduated from National Louis University and worked for four years at East Aurora before coming to Central High School. I am extremely proud to be a school counselor and assistant football coach at Central!

Gina Tauer, Last Names (Dan-Jal)

Back to School Video (Ms. Tauer)

I completed my undergraduate degree in Performing Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago and started my career as an Event Coordinator. I later realized that working with students is a passion of mine and I completed my Masters degree in School Counseling at Lewis University. Before starting at CHS I worked as a counselor at Riverside Brookfield HS and Hinckley Big-Rock HS. I’ve been a school counselor for 10 years and throughout my experience, I have been a Varsity Poms Coach, JV Volleyball Coach, Junior and Senior Class Sponsor and NHS Coordinator. Here at CHS I am the Peer Leaders Sponsor and Best Buddies Sponsor. Aside from school counseling, I love to travel and hang out with my 2 amazing kids. Arianna is 10 years old and is a competitive cheerleader so I travel all year watching her compete and Chase is 4 years old with energy that is unlike any other 4 year old. They both keep me busy and on my toes!

Rachel Ginter

Rachel Ginter, Last Names (Law – Ry), Life Skills Students, (847) 464.6037

Back to School Video (Ms. Ginter)

Ever since I was a high school student, I knew I always wanted to become a School Counselor; it was through the relationship I had with my high school counselor that inspired me. I enjoy connecting with students by providing a positive learning environment. I now have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from National Louis University. I am also a National Board Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor and am currently working towards my clinical license. I started my career working as a Therapist in a therapeutic day school followed by a vast school counseling experience working at Elgin High School, Prairie Ridge High School, Libertyville High School, and West Leyden High School. I’m grateful my path has led me to Central High School and I look forward to working with all my students!

Megan Marciniec, Last Names (Sa – Z), EL Students, 847-464-6036

Back to School Video (Mrs. Marciniec)

I completed my undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and upon graduation spent 7 years in the health and fitness industry. During that time I was introduced to the world of coaching and I am now in my 17th year as a high school cheerleading coach. Coaching propelled me into the world of education and I obtained my Masters degree in School Counseling from National Louis University in 2014. I worked as the AVID Coordinator at Rolling Meadows High School before coming to CHS as a school counselor and cheerleading coach this year. I love sharing my experiences with my students and look forward to what the school year will bring.

Hank Hartwig, Last Names (Nas-Schu), Freshmen ELL, 847-464-8370

Bio and photo coming soon!

School Social Workers

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Cara Bussman, Last Names (A -G), Dual Credit Students

As a school social worker, my goal is to provide social and emotional support to students in order to help them navigate the obstacles they face in adolescence. I assess the needs of students and families in order to assist in removing any barriers to their success. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and went on to receive my Master’s degree in Social Work at Aurora University. I have completed two internships in the high school setting, the first at West Aurora High School and the second at Addison Trail High School. I am excited to work with the students at Central High School and look forward to the year ahead!

Blake Stern, Last Names (Lee-Rin), Life Skills

I graduated from Aurora University where I was able to achieve my Masters Degree in Social Work. I got into social work due to the empathy I can provide having experienced trauma as an adolescent. For the past two years, I have completed my internships at West Aurora High School where I learned to work with a diverse group of individuals. My goal is to be able to provide a safe and comfortable environment to empower my students. In my free time, you will find me saying “hi” to every dog I pass by as they provide me pure joy. I enjoy spending my time golfing, hanging out with my friends and family, and being disappointed by Chicago sports teams. I look forward to helping my students grow!

Sophia Baier, Last Names Law – Z, Life Skills Students, EL Students

DeLena Byanski, ALOP & Life Skills Students

Additional Student Services Staff

Elizabeth Klapproth

Elizabeth Covington, School Psychologist

Originally from Long Island, NY, I graduated in 2011 from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Potsdam. I double majored and received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and English creative writing. After graduating, I decided I wanted to become a school psychologist. I attended Adelphi University and graduated with my Master’s in School Psychology in May 2015. I moved to Illinois and worked in an elementary school in Oswego, but realized I really loved working with older kids and looked for a position in a high school. I joined the Central Rockets in 2016. As a school psychologist, I provide specialized support in the areas of student learning, behavioral intervention, consultation, and assessment. I work as a data coach and help guide interventions and instruction on data-based decisions.

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Jeff Herman, At-Risk Advisor, Summer School Coordinator, College & Career Prep Teacher

I attended Illinois State University majoring in Health Education and minoring in Physical Education. I then earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Aurora University and also completed 38 Master’s level School Counseling hours at NIU. I started working at CMS in 1996 as a Health and PE teacher, then later spent 10 years as the Student Services Director and Athletic Director. I also coached football for 20 years for Central High School and with the Panthers feeder program. I have 3 kids who graduated CHS and went on to attend Arizona State University and Central Michigan. On my free time you can find me on the golf course!

Trent Lange

Trent Lange, Speech / Language Pathologist

I have worked in Central 301 since 1997 as a speech pathologist for all but five years when I was principal at Lily Lake Grade School. In that time I have worked in every building in the district except for Prairie Knolls. I graduated from NIU with a degree in Communicative Disorders in 1990. I obtained master degrees from NIU in Speech Language Pathology in 1992 and Educational Administration in 2004. I have been the speech language pathologist at CHS working with students with language, articulation, fluency (stuttering), and voice impairments since the 2012-2013 school year and currently also provide services at Central Middle School.Amanda Alfaro, Speech/Language Pathologist.

Melissa Baumgartner, School Nurse

I have been a Registered Nurse for many years and have spent the last 12 years at Central High School. My husband and I live in St Charles and have 3 daughters, 2 dogs and 2 cats. In my personal time I also enjoy helping people and am currently a co founder of a medical mission in Guatemala providing health care to the underserved indigenous population.