Meet the Counselors

Laura Cochran
Laura Cochran
7th grade M- Z, 8th grade Counselor
Contact: lcochran@pelhamcityschools.org 


Professional Experience:
School Counselor - 5 years - Pelham High School and PPMS
Biology and AP Biology teacher -17 years -Pelham High School

Additional Work Experience:
Admissions Office Assistant, University of Montevallo
Children’s Ministry Director, First Baptist Church of Pelham
Assistant Professor, Dental Hygiene – UAB School of Dentistry
Dental Hygienist –Redstone Arsenal, UAB General Practice Residency Program, and private practice

Education:
Master of Education in School Counseling, July 2011
University of West Alabama, Livingston, AL
Class A Certificate, School Counseling

Master of Education – Secondary Education, Biology, May 1996
University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL
Class A Certificate, Secondary Grades 7-12, Biology

Master’s in Education and Allied Health Science, August 1986
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, May 1979
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA

I have been married to my best friend, Phil, for 38 years. I have two children, Clint who lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Elizabeth, who lives in Helena. I have a grandson named Bobby and a grand-dog named Sadie. My family is the biggest blessing in my life.


Melba Holloway

Melba Holloway
 6th grade, 7th grade A-L Counselor


My name is Melba Holloway and I am starting my 10th year as a school counselor. I previously worked in higher education at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Loyola University, New Orleans. I am originally from Daytona Beach, Florida. In 2002, our family relocated to Hoover, Alabama. I earned a Masters in Education from UAB in School Counseling in 2008. In 2011, I earned an Educational Specialist Degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from UAB as well. I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have worked in the school, university, and mental health settings.

My most recent school counseling experience, before joining Pelham Park Middle, was with McAdory Middle School in McCalla, Alabama.

Most of my family is in Florida and the Bahamas, however I live here with my son who is in high school and my daughter who is attending Bowdoin College, in Brunswick Maine. I also have a sweet little dog named Miko.

Please contact me at mdholloway@pelhamcityschools.org. Thank you for allowing me to work with you and your students.