As a school counselor, my role is to promote conditions so that every student can reach their full potential. I believe that every student can learn, and every student can succeed. The school counseling program supports student academic, career and social/emotional outcomes, preparing them for future opportunities. It is a collaborative process in which I engage with students, families, teachers, administrators, other school staff and education stakeholders.
I graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. After college, I served in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Officer and flew the S-3B Viking. I did two deployments aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) during the Iraq War and also taught and mentored newly-winged Viking aviators. When the S-3B was retired, I transitioned to become a Public Affairs Officer and was fortunate enough to be one of the voices to share the narrative of naval aviation. I left the Navy after 12 years to pursue other opportunities, one of which was graduating from George Mason University with a Masters in School Counseling. I completed my internships at Yorktown High School and Key Elementary School and am excited for my first year at ATS and as a school counselor!
I grew up in New Rochelle, New York, but have lived all over since graduating college, thanks to the Navy: Pensacola, Florida; San Diego and Monterey, California; Paris; Senegal; Morocco and now Arlington. I lived here for a year in 2012 and then took off again. Now my family and I have been back since 2016. My husband and I have two sons, one at Oakridge and one at Gunston. I love to travel and explore other cultures, cook for my family and friends, be outdoors hiking, biking or relaxing by the water, and during the school year, I find myself on weekends at a lot of soccer games! I have a yellow lab named Peppa who we brought home from Senegal and she understands commands in French. I also speak French and am forever working on my Spanish. I am looking forward to a great year!
There are so many fantastic books, it is hard to choose just one. But in the picture book category, one of my favorites is Book, Book, Book by Deborah Bruss. My sons had this one on repeat for bedtime reading, and I loved it. In the story, a group of farm animals leave the farm for the day to go to town in search of something to do. They see lots of happy faces coming from the library. While they all take a turn to politely speak to the librarian, none of them can adequately communicate their request. Until the hen goes in. And finally, they score a book which they take back to the farm! Everyone loves the book except the bullfrog who explains why at the very end. I love this story because it is so fun to read aloud, is a little silly and showed my sons how books can have unexpected endings! The illustrations in the book are a wonderful mix of watercolor and pastels, two mediums in which I love to create. It is a book I enjoyed reading over and over again!