SEMINOLE - Jean Lanier, a professional school counselor and Seminole resident, retired from the Pinellas County School System after 41 years as of April 5.
Lanier began her career in the school system at Madeira Beach Middle as a counselor and occupational specialist. She worked at Tyrone Middle for almost 20 years, and then transitioned to Boca Ciega High School, where she was the counselor for the Center for Wellness Program, the first medical magnet program in the county. While at Boca Ciega, she worked evenings at PTEC-South as a vocational counselor.
In addition, for 14 years she worked as a special dropout retrieval counselor for the county, offering alternative opportunities to regular school graduation programs. Counseling positions at Largo Middle, Safety Harbor Middle and Seminole Middle Schools followed.
Since 2005, Lanier has served as middle school counselor at Pinellas Secondary Alternative School, which assists students who have been reassigned for violations of the code of conduct. Lanier was nominated for Teacher of the Year while at Tyrone, was actively involved as the Doorways Coordinator while at Boca Ciega and tutored ESOL students while at Safety Harbor Middle.
Still having a desire to help students, Lanier will mentor students at Seminole High School in her retirement.