Counseling Staff

College & Career
Mr. Steve King; 314-467-7104;
Mr. Steve King - This is my 30th year in education with the last 26 as a
High School Guidance Counselor. This will be my 20th year at Oakville
High School. I have earned both my Bachelor of Education and Master
of Education-Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. I also
have a Master of Science in Secondary School Administration from
Southwest Baptist University, in Bolivar Missouri.

Class of 2020

Miss Heather King; 314-467-7103; I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, and received a bach‚Äčelor's degree in Early and Elementary Education.  After teaching for three years, I went on to receive a master's degree in School and Professional Counseling.  I am now working on a second master's degree from Southwest Baptist University and my license in professional counseling.  I love working with this age group and look forward to forming relationships and gaining experience here at Oakville!

Class of 2021
Mrs. Katie Shymanski, 314-467-7106;
I am a proud graduate of Oakville High School and I'm thrilled to be
back at Oakville as a Counselor.  I graduated from Central Missouri
State University with an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice.
After working with the Division of Youth Services for six years, I went
on to receive my graduate degree in School Counseling from
Lindenwood University. I started my school counseling career at
Buerkle Middle School in 2015 but moved over to Oakville High
School in 2017. 

Class of 2022
Mr. Chris Ventimiglia; 314-467-7102;
After graduating from Mehlville High in 1991, I attended SLCC-
Meramec and then UMSL where I received a Bachelor of Science
Degree in secondary education with certification in Social Studies.
I taught social studies at Hancock High School for eight years prior
to joining the OHS guidance department in 2007.  In 2006, I graduated
from Missouri Baptist University with a Master's degree in school
counseling. This is my 13th year at Oakville.

Class of 2023 Dr. Jennifer Gross; 314-467-7101; Having grown up in the Mehlville School District, I am very excited to be working at Oakville High School. I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Benedictine College, my master’s degree in Education/Counseling and my Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction from Missouri Baptist University, and my Educational Doctorate in Leadership from Lindenwood University. During the 2009/2010 school year, I worked as the Alternative Education Counselor at St. Clair High School, and have worked at Oakville since 2010.  I enjoy working with my students and watching them mature into young adults!

Ms. Chris Vitale 314-467-7107;

Mrs. Jan Betzer; 314-467-7108;


updated 9/19
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