Counselor Amy Medley leaves Manual after 15 years

KC Ciresi and Macy Waddle

Mrs. Amy Medley (Counselor) will be leaving for a counselor position at Atherton High School after 15 years at Manual.
The guidance office released the following statement on Friday, August 7th: “The duPont Manual High School Counseling Office has updated their website. Please go to to view many resources available for students. We have also restructured our office to best meet the needs of our students, please see the About Us tab on our website for additional information. We are still working on adding even more resources to help support our students.”
Mrs. Medley’s former students have been reassigned to another counselor until her position is filled.

Many parents and students, however, learned Mrs. Medley was leaving through a tweet made by Atherton on August 4th, welcoming Mrs. Medley to their staff.

Robin Weiss, a parent representative on Manual’s SBDM council and member of the PTSA reached out to Mr. Darryl Farmer to confirm Mrs. Medley’s departure.

“The parents that I have spoken to have been surprised about the change. Mrs. Medley was well-liked and ran an excellent program helping Manual families apply for colleges,” Weiss said.

Weiss noted that many senior parents were concerned about how the college application process would look without Mrs. Medley.

“I’m not sure that the school has been as clear in their communications as perhaps they think they have been,” she said.
Students have also expressed their thanks to Mrs. Medley for what she’s done during her tenure. “I’m glad I got the opportunity to have Ms. Medley as my counselor. She was always so helpful to me with anything and everything I needed. I’m really gonna miss her,” Anna Claire Straub (11, HSU) said.
With less than a week until the beginning of the school year, students are still dispersed throughout the remainder of the guidance office.

Ms. Amy Meeron, Ms. Michelle Leslie, Ms. Johnston and Mr. Craig Klingenfus have declined to comment on the search for a new counselor, while Mr. Farmer has not yet responded.
“I have the utmost faith in the Manual guidance office. We just need to make sure that the parents understand they have new counselors for the senior students to make the transition go smoothly.” Weiss said.

This story is ongoing.