• Welcome to the School Counseling Department at East Chapel Hill High School

    Secondary school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child and adolescent development, learning strategies, self-management and social skills who understand and promote success for today’s diverse students. They implement a comprehensive school counseling program to support students through this important developmental period. The program provides education, prevention and intervention activities, which are integrated into all aspects of students’ lives. The program teaches knowledge, attitudes and skills students need to acquire in academic, career and social/ emotional development, which serve as the foundation for future success.

    Shari Manning Cook, A- Da

    Kelly Germino, De- I

    Elise Denman, J- Mo

    Tennille Jones Lewis, Mu- Shu

    Jessica Harris, Si- Z

Phone: (919) 969-2482 Ext. 27015


Degrees and Certifications:

* Post-Masters Certification - School Administration, UNC-Greensboro * M.A. in School Counseling, North Carolina Central University * B.S. in Biology Education, Elon University

Ms. Shari Manning Cook, A-Da

Ms. Manning Cook joined East in Aug. 2022. She is a proud graduate of East Chapel Hill High School, Class of 2004. She is excited about returning home after spending several years as a counselor in other districts. 

Mrs. Manning Cook is a mother of one child. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and playing with her 3 dogs. 

Phone: (919) 969-2482 Ext. 27012


Degrees and Certifications:

* NBPTS Certified * M.A. in Counseling Education, Campbell University * B.A. in Psychology and Religion, Meredith College

Ms. Kelly Germino, De-I

Ms. Germinio has been with the ECHHS Wildcat Family for several years and truly believes she has the best job in the world.  She is awed by the talent, compassion, and hard work of our faculty and students at East.  

Ms. Germino was born in Nuremberg, Germany and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina quaintly dubbed the “River City”. Growing up in a family of educators, she knew at a young age she shared a similar passion for the field.  For her B.A., she attend Meredith College in Raleigh.  At Campbell University in Buies Creek , she received a Masters’ Degree in Counseling Education with both Community/Agency and School endorsements.  One of her proudest professional moments was achieving the National Boards in 2004.

She is the proud parent of Abby who graduated from East in 2018. Together, they enjoy family vacations on the coast of North Carolina, going to any and all Duke University sporting events, and spending time with extended family and friends.


Phone: (919) 969-2482 x27010


Degrees and Certifications:

* M.Ed., School Counseling, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill * B.A., Political Science, University of Florida

Mrs. Elise Denman, J-Mo

Mrs. Denman is excited to join the Wildcat family!  Prior to coming to East in August 2023, Mrs. Denman was a school counselor in other school districts since 2020. 
Outside of school, Mrs. Denman enjoys running, hiking, traveling, exploring new restaurants with her husband, and spending quality time with friends and family. 
Along with counseling, Mrs. Denman holds the following responsibilities: 
  • Senior Awards Ceremony Co-Coordinator

  • Governor’s School-Co-Coordinator

  • MTSS Team Member


Phone: (919) 969-2482 Ext. 27014


Degrees and Certifications:

* M. Ed. in School Counseling, Kent State University * B.A. in Psychology, Mount Union College, Ohio

Mrs. Tennille Jones-Lewis, Mu-Shu

Before coming to East in Feb. of 2020, Ms. Jones-Lewis was the school counselor at Alliance High School in Ohio for 20 years. She and her husband have been married for 21 years and have three children and a double doodle named Rumley. They love to travel, bike ride and watch family movies on Friday nights. 
Along with counseling, Mr. Jones-Lewis is also responsible for: 
* Freshman Focus
* Governor's School
* NC Park Scholarship
* National Merit

Phone: (919) 969-2482 Ext. 27013


Degrees and Certifications:

* M.A. in Counseling, NCCU * M.A. in English, The University of Delaware * B.A., Winston Salem State University

Mrs. Jessica Harris, Si-Z & AVID

Mrs. Harris has been in education for 27 years. She enjoys traveling, reading, movies, jogging, spending time with family, and trying new things. The most daring thing she has ever done is skydiving!

Along with counseling, she also does the following:

* AVID Counselor

* Graduation Coordinator

* Freshman / New Student Orientation

* Senior Class Visit Coordinator

* Wildcat Assistant and Wildcat Ambassador Coordinator

* Peer Tutoring

* Club Advisor for: NAS (National Achiever Society) & FAME (Future Advancement for Minority Education. 

* DAR Scholarship

* HOBY Leadership Coordinator