9th Grade
Counselor Caseloads

A-Le Jen Lutz
Li-Z Holly Normington

RFC Orientation 2023-2024

On behalf of the Rockford Freshman Center, let me be the first to welcome you and your student to the 2023-2024 school year!  We look forward to partnering with you in the coming years.  To assist with planning, we invite you to attend a presentation about your student’s first year of high school!  The presentation will be held at 6:00 p.m. on February 7, 2023 at the Rockford High School Auditorium.  We look forward to seeing you there!


A full list of resources will be available on February 8, 2023 in our Welcome Newsletter LINKED HERE.  Please note that accessing this page prior to February 8 will lead you to outdated information.  

If you are not currently attending Rockford Schools, please follow the instructions on the Enrollment Procedures section of the Rockford Public Schools website.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or to discuss your student’s interests, needs or unique circumstances.  We will work hard to ensure a smooth transition to the freshman year and a successful start to high school!

Kelly Amshey
Rockford High School Freshman Center

616.863.6348 – Main Office           616.863.6350 – Counseling Office

Freshman Center Counseling Staff

Jennifer Lutz

Jennifer Lutz grew up outside of Grand Rapids and attended the University of Michigan where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. In search of warmer weather, she moved to Georgia where she taught 6th grade and received her M.Ed in K-12 School Counseling from Georgia State University. A true sun seeker, she then settled in Arizona where she served as a junior high school counselor for over a decade. With her family still in the Grand Rapids area, she was eventually compelled to return to the Mitten where she resides with her two children.

Ms. Lutz has served as one of the Freshman Center counselors since 2016 and has over 20 years of experience in education. She is passionate about the importance of positive mental health in schools and providing students with resources and building self-esteem to have the skills to navigate high school and adolescence successfully.

Holly Normington

Holly grew up in East Lansing after moving from California.  She is married with three adult children.  She enjoys Yoga, Mindfulness, spending time with family and friends and anything outdoors or creative.

Holly received a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in Counseling Ed. /Counseling Psych. from Western Michigan University. She is a certified school counselor in grades K-12 as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Holly has provided school counseling services at the middle and high school levels for fifteen years. She has worked at both the Rockford Freshman Center and North Rockford Middle School, as well as Kelloggsville Middle School. Prior to the school setting, Holly spent twenty-one years as a Recreational Therapist providing group work for adolescents and adults in a variety of mental health and community settings.

Kim Nichols

Kim has been the Rockford Freshman Center Counseling Office Secretary since January 2020. Prior to this she worked as a health aide in the RFC Health Room and also spent time working at the Preschool in the Administration Building. Before working in the educational field, Kim worked in the corporate world in many roles, most recently as an Executive Assistant. After having children of her own, she knew that working with children was what she wanted to do. She is thrilled to be working in the Counseling Office and enjoys working with the students every day.