by CHENYA O’HARA
Hickman County High School has been changing things up quite a bit this year! From the guidance department to the front office, there have been new staff members popping up left and right. One of these is Craig Shelton, who has recently taken up a position as the new guidance counselor.
He was previously an HCHS counselor from 2007 to 2012 before going to work as a youth minister at the Centerville Church of Christ. He also listed Cherry’s Barbecue as his first workplace.
When asked why he began working here at HCHS, he said, “I enjoy helping people. That’s why I like being a counselor, because you get to help people with their futures.”
His favorite parts of this job are being able to give back after all of the years he spent in these halls and working with the other staff.
Like several other members of the faculty, he attended and graduated from HCHS before he began his job here. He graduated in 1991.
Even during the time he wasn’t working at HCHS, Mr. Shelton has stayed involved; he has helped coach the HCHS baseball team alongside Coach Chessor for the past nine years.
His hobbies include golfing, traveling, and spending time with family. His family consists of Misty, Hickman County Schools’ director of accountability; son Colby, a freshman at Freed-Hardeman University; and daughter Harper, a freshman at HCHS.
Mr. Shelton also commented that he is an extreme Disney fanatic, adding that he is planning to start a podcast with HCHS history teacher Matthew Dotson about Disney.
He attended both Freed-Hardeman and Lipscomb University. He now has a degree in business management and a master’s in education. When asked what his dream career would be, he smiled and said, “Probably doing what I’ve been doing. I guess this is my dream job!”