• Lincoln College Prep Counseling Department

    The Counseling Department at Lincoln provides a comprehensive guidance approach to meet the needs of all students grades 6 – 12. Students receive support in the areas of career, personal/social, and academic planning. Because Lincoln focuses on college readiness, our program emphasizes academic support, planning, and college preparation. This preparation includes resources for college decision-making and placement. Students also receive support related to social and family issues. The Counselors at Lincoln each have a masters degree in counseling and have many years of experience working with students and families.


     Grades 6 - 9  Mark Kover   mkover@kcpublicschools.org  816-418-0311  
     Grades 10-12 A-G   Gretchen  Steffen 


     Grades 10-12  H- Z  Nyree Smith  nysmith@kcpublicschools.org  816-418-3019
    Mark Kover was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He received a bachelors degree from Michigan State University in Urban Community Problems and has a masters degree in Agency Counseling and his School Counseling Certification from UMKC. Mark became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 1985. Mr. Kover has been married for 33 years to his loving and tolerant wife Karen who is a PH.D. researcher at Children's Mercy Hospital and is on the faculty at UMKC School of Medicine. Mark has two sons as well as two dogs and two cats. He enjoys reading, exercising and martial arts.

    Gretchen Steffen received her BSE from Emporia State University in Psychology and Special Ed.  She received her MSE in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas.  She worked as a special education teacher in Bonner Springs, Olathe, and the Kansas City, KS School District.  Once she obtained her Masters, she worked at Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences (IB Counselor), the Kauffman Foundation (As Project Choice Coordinator), and the Blue Valley School District (Middle and High School Counselor) for the remainder of her educational years.  She retired from Blue Valley Northwest in 2010 after 31 years in education.

    Gretchen has three adult children and one grandchild.  Her husband, Robert, is also a teacher in the Blue Valley School District.  She is a proprietress of “Gretchen’s Vintology”, a vintage on-line store in Etsy and the West Bottoms, and refinishes and refurbishes furniture and home décor.  She spends her free time going to estate sales, working at her vintage shop, or painting/refinishing furniture.

    Nyree Smith is in her 9th year at Lincoln. Nyree earned her bachelors degree in Psychology from Missouri Western State University and a masters degree from the University of Central Missouri school of Counseling. She is married, has 3 children and a dog named Winston.