Our Counselors

Nicole Barton, M. S.

Counselor for Students A-K in All Grades

Mrs. Barton obtained a Master of Science degree in school counseling from Northwest Nazarene University and has been working at Lone Star as a school counselor since 2012. Outside of school, her interests include bike riding, boating, camping, and taking her pup to the Nampa Dog Park to play. Mrs. Barton can be reached via email ( or by phone (468-4745).


 Jim Holmes, M. Ed.

Counselor for Students L-Z in All Grades

Mr. Holmes graduated from Boise State in 1987 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

Mr. Holmes has worked with “high-risk” youth populations since 1987.  Mr. Holmes worked as a Psychological Technician for Northwest Passages, an adolescent mental health facility, then in 1989, Mr. Holmes worked in law Enforcement as a Juvenile Probation Officer.

In 1995, Mr. Holmes earned Dual Master’s degrees in  Community Counseling and School Counseling and was promoted to “Deputy Chief” of Canyon County Juvenile Probation from 1995 to 1998. 

Mr. Holmes began working as a school counselor in the Fall of 1998 in the Caldwell School District at Jefferson Junior High School and transferred to the Nampa School District 2002.

Mr. Holmes has worked as a Counselor at Nampa High School, West Middle School, and has been at Lone Star Middle School since it opened in August of 2008.

Mr. Holmes is the sponsor for Lone Star Middle School’s “Rising Stars” program consisting of select students that have excellent grades, citizenship, and leadership skills.  Rising Stars students track and award student activity participation, and take on leadership responsibilities in varied projects.  Rising Star students are responsible for the “Rising Stars Awards Assembly” at the end of the school year that recognizes student extra-curricular activities at school and in the community.

Outside of school, his interests include music, songwriting, fitness, golfing, fishing, and spending quality time with his family.

Mr. Holmes can be reached via email ( or by phone (468-4745).


Bryce Gersack, Ed.S.

School Psychologist

I feel privileged to be part of the Lone Star staff.  My role as a School Psychologist is to
support student success through observations, evaluations and identifying student needs. This is my third year working in the Nampa School District and I have worked as a school psychologist for 7 years previously.  I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana and my Education Specialist degree from the University of Idaho, GO VANDALS!  In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my family (wife and 2 kids Mason 6 years old and Hadley 4 years old), playing golf and skiing.  I look forward to serving the students and families of Lone Star Middle School!

Mr. Gersack can be reached via email ( or by phone (468-4745).