Phone: 601-853-8103 Ext. 3811


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Education in Counseling,National Certified Counselor,National Certified School Counselor

Mrs. Penny Tumminello

It's a Great Day to be a Titan!    
It is a honor to serve at Highland Elementary. My goal is to foster the social, emotional, and educational needs of all students. I want to assist all students on the pathway to Career and College Readiness. I have 34 years of experience, serving as an elementary classroom teacher and school counselor. I'm beginning my 21st year at Highland. I am a Louisiana native. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. I also obtained a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Nicholls. I earned a Master's in Counseling from Mississippi College. I have completed post graduate counseling work from L.S.U. I'm a nationally board certified counselor and school counselor. I attend professional development on a regular basis. 
I provide individual, small group, and classroom guidance throughout the year. Referrals may be made by teachers or parents. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact the counselor. I will be more than happy to assist you in any way I can!
Teaching Position
School Counselor
Year's Experience
34 years
B.A. Elementary Education,  Nicholls State University, Thibodaus, Louisiana
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction,  Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisisna
M. Ed Guidance and Counseling,  Mississippi College, Clinton. Mississippi
Elementary Education (K-3)
Elementary Education (4-6)
Vocational Counselor (K-12)
Guidance Counselor (K-12)
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
National Certified School Counselor (NCSC)
My area of expertise
Social and Emotional Learning
 Goals for 2023-24
Increase Student Attendance
Implement PBIS Rewards Effectively
Communicate with all stakeholders
Implementation of Trauma Sensitive Schools 
Mississippi Counseling Association
National Certified Counselor and School Counselor
2003 Highland Teacher of the Year
Penny Tumminello Honor Society
Watson Quality Ford Educator of the Week
212 Staff Achievement Award
HES Hall of Fame