Meet the Counselor

  • School counselors promote and enhance achievement with an annual comprehensive school counseling plan that ensures that every student receives school counseling services. Credentialed school counselors provide comprehensive counseling programs that incorporate prevention and intervention with continuous academic, career and personal/development activities that will prepare them for meaningful participation in a diverse, changing world. These activities include classroom guidance, small groups for skill mastery, individual counseling for students with specific needs, and a variety of other proactive and innovative ways to support student performance. 

    School counselors implement a program based on the National Standards for School Counseling Programs and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. They also provide resources to staff, students, families, and others to ensure that a family-friendly environment is established and ensure that students have access to a safe school climate necessary for academic and social/emotional growth. Parents are always welcome to come in or call 754-323-6100 for assistance or advice.

    Desiree Tanke, School Counselor

    I'd like to introduce myself as your child's Certified School Counselor. This is my 35th year as a school counselor, with the last 24 years spent as a proud member of the Hawkes Bluff Family. My passion is teaching compassion and kindness through modeling and action. Along with academic success, my goal is to equip students with skills that will help them build and maintain relationships, request adult assistance when needed, resolve conflicts, develop problem-solving skills, and demonstrate tolerance of others. I like to partner with parents, colleagues, and the community to assist students with the skills needed to become responsible and contributing citizens who are career and college-ready.

    Our Comprehensive Guidance Program provides Personal/Social, Academic, and Career Counseling through the following:

    • Guidance groups to build academic skills and provide social/emotional support
    • Developmental classroom guidance activities
    • Individual conferences with students or small groups
    • Consultation and collaboration with school staff, parents and guardians, District support
      services, mental health professionals, and community agencies.

    My services can be accessed through teacher, administrative, parent or guardian, or self-referral. I am looking forward to a fantastic and productive 2021-22 school year at Hawkes Bluff "Where education is timeless and we are learning for a lifetime".

    Parents, partners, and community members.  In keeping up with our Hawkes Bluff philosophy of teaching and modeling kindness and compassion, we are starting an initiative of recognizing students and staff members who show the character trait of kindness and compassion. If you would like to recognize a staff member for demonstrating these traits or committing a kind or compassionate act, you may fill out one of these forms and turn it into the front office.  We will recognize the person you nominated on the morning announcements. 

    Copies of the forms are also available in the Media Center or front office. 
    Thanking you for your own kindness and compassion.

    Ms. Tanke

    School Counselor

    Kindness Recognition:  Dare 2 Care at Hawkes Bluff Compassion Compliment


  • Desiree Tanke, School Counselor

    Desiree Tanke
    School Counselor
    Phone Number: 754-323-6100
    Ms. Tanke