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PWCS cares deeply about students’ emotional well-being.  If a student is in need of emotional support during this time, please feel free to send an e-mail to studentsupportservices@pwcs.edu.  A school mental health or health professional will answer and offer virtual support to students to the best of their ability.  This e-mail is not to be used for emergency situations as it will not be monitored 24 hours a day.  If a student is ever in an emergency situation he/she is encouraged to call 911 or utilize one of the resources listed below:

 

Emergency Resources:

ACTS Helpline                                               703.368.4141

1.800.SUICIDE (24-hour hotline)               1.800.784.2433

Crisis Text Hotline (24-hour hotline)         741741   

PWC Child Protective Services Hotline     703.792.4200

PWC Community Services Board              703.792.7800

 


 


Hours: 7 AM - 3 PM
School: 571.374.6550
Fax: 571.748.6551 
School CEEB Code: 470-002
Twitter: @ColganCounselor

School Counselors
Ashley Colassard A-Bl
Jean Agosto Bo-C
Laura Latimer D-F
Levette Hull G-H
Yanet Boyd I-L
Kathleen An M
Stephanie Swift N-Ri
Tiana Noble Ro-S
Erin Flaherty T-Z
Dr. Leah Byrd, College & Career Counselor

  Claire Handville, Director of School Counseling




 

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 Mission Statement

The Colgan High School Counselors will work to prepare and inspire students for their future in a positive, culturally diverse and sensitive, student-centered learning environment. Through a comprehensive academic, career, and social/emotional counseling program and collaboration with students, staff, families, and community members, counselors will help ensure that each student learns the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that set the foundation for lifelong success and productive, responsible citizenship in a global, technological society.

Vision Statement
The Colgan High School Counseling Department envisions that, through preparing and inspiring all students for their future by providing a world-class education, all students will achieve personal, post-secondary successes and thrive in a challenging and ever-changing globally diverse and technologically advanced workplace. 


Colgan High School Counselors believe:
• All students will learn to their fullest potential and achieve the personal, social/emotional, and career goals they set for themselves.

• A culturally diverse and sensitive learning environment enriches the development and educational perspectives of all students, helping to nurture integrity, compassion, and respect in all students.

• All students are entitled to equal access in high quality educational opportunities, including a comprehensive school counseling program that fosters skills to ensure students become productive, responsible citizens.

• The comprehensive school counseling program serves the whole student, by supporting all students’ academic achievement, social/emotional development, and post-secondary planning through managing, delivering, and evaluating developmentally appropriate, data-driven activities and interventions.

• Counselors are school leaders, advocating on behalf of all students and collaborating with all stakeholders, to work to remove any and all educational barriers and biases that will close achievement gaps and promote success for all students.

• Counselors will abide by professional ethics and standards, set by the American School Counselor Association, and will continue to participate in professional development sessions on county, state, and national levels.

Director of School Counseling, Claire Handville


Mrs. Claire Handville began her school counseling career at Gar-Field Senior High School. At Gar-Field, she worked as a part of the counseling team that achieved the prestigious American School Counseling Association’s Recognized National Model Program Award in 2016. Mrs. Handville then was part of the inaugural staff at Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School as a school counselor, before becoming Director of School Counseling. Mrs. Handville studied at the University of Florida (Go Gators!), where she earned a B.S. in Psychology, a B.A. in Sociology, and a minor in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. Additionally, she earned a M.A. in Counselor Education with a concentration in School Counseling from the University of South Florida and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Most recently, Mrs. Handville earned her second Master’s degree- M.Ed. in Education Leadership from George Mason University.

Mrs. Handville loves spending time with her husband and two children, watching Gator football, crafting, and reading. She is passionate about engaging students in a trauma-invested environment where students feel they belong, while continuing to build a strong rapport with students, families, and staff in order to support students academically, social/emotionally, and in preparation for postsecondary education and careers!

Counselor, Ashley Colassard

Letters: A-Bl

Ms. Colassard attended George Mason University receiving an undergraduate degree in Psychology before continuing at George Mason to receive her M.Ed. in Counseling & Development, graduating in December of 2018. She began her school counseling career in January of 2019 at Osbourn High School, having worked there for the past two and a half years. She is a PWCS Graduate of Woodbridge High School and is excited to get back to PWCS and to join the Colgan Community! In her free time, she enjoys watching sports (big fan of all Washington sports teams!), gardening, cooking, and her favorite: crafting! She is excited to work with the students and families at Colgan! Go Sharks!

Counselor, Jean Agosto

Letters: Bo-C


Mr. Agosto graduated with his M.Ed. in Counseling & Development from George Mason University in May 2019! He also received a M.A. in Psychology from The Catholic University of America, and he received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, where he majored in Psychology. Mr. Agosto is thrilled to get to know the students, staff and parents this upcoming school year. Mr. Agosto is passionate about promoting a great high school experience and hopes to encourage and expand students' sense of “family” at school. He hopes to be able to impact the academic, social, emotional, and cultural needs of our school community.

In his spare time, Mr. Agosto loves to cook, watch movies, and play video games. He also enjoys exercising and running. He hopes that a few years removed from finishing his second half marathon, he can begin to train again for more races! Most importantly, he enjoys going to visit his family in Puerto Rico, and just relaxing underneath the palm trees in the beach. He is looking forward to meeting with you! 

Counselor, Laura Latimer

Letters: D-F


Mrs. Latimer joined the Colgan family in 2017. She attended Liberty University to earn a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Health and Physical Education. During her undergraduate studies she played both club and NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse. More recently, she graduated from Liberty University’s CACREP accredited graduate school with a Master of Education in School Counseling.

Mrs. Latimer is excited to serve students in the same county that she grew up in and attended school! She loves lacrosse and enjoys coaching and working with athletes one-on-one. She loves spending time with family and enjoys being an aunt. In her free time she loves to hunt, fish, and spend time outdoors. She also enjoys reading, traveling, popcorn, inspiring quotes, and laughing!

Mrs. Latimer looks forward to working with Colgan families. Go Sharks!

Counselor, Levette Hull

Letters: G-H


Levette Hull began her school counseling career in February 2013, serving the students and families of Brooke Point High School in Stafford, VA until June 2016. She has a B.A. in Sociology with minors in both Music and Women/Gender Studies from Longwood University. Additionally, she has a M.Ed. in Counselor Education (PreK-12) from Lynchburg College and a post-masters certificate in School Leadership from Liberty University. Prior to working at Brooke Point, Mrs. Hull was an A.V.I.D. program tutor for both Fairfax and Cumberland County Public Schools, worked as a Hall Director for the Office of Residence Life at Lynchburg College, and completed a year-long internship with E.C. Glass School in Lynchburg, VA. Mrs. Hull is a Forest Park High School graduate and former military child & spouse.

During her continued career at Colgan, Mrs. Hull has been an advisor for Student Council Association (SCA), assisting with Homecoming, Pep Rallies, and state conventions.  Many times, you can find Mrs. Hull around her office, laughing and being sarcastic with her students and their friends. Red is her desired color of choice, she loves singing and playing piano, and enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. Mrs. Hull thoroughly enjoys working at Colgan and looks forward to establishing continued traditions to make Colgan one of the best in PWCS.

Counselor, Yanet Boyd

Letters: I-L


Mrs. Boyd began her School Counseling career 9 years ago in Prince William County Public Schools. She served as a Professional School Counselor at Freedom High School for the first 3 years and was the English Learner Counseling Coordinator for the Office of English Learner Programs and Services for the last 3 years, before joining the inaugural staff of Colgan High School in 2016.

Mrs. Boyd graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Minor in Spanish from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. She then earned her Masters of Education in Counselor Education, with a concentration in School Counseling, from Virginia Tech University.

Mrs. Boyd lives in Stafford County and LOVES spending time with her husband Nakoa and two children. She is excited to continue working with all of the staff, students, and parents at Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School.

Counselor, Kathleen An

Letters: M


Ms. An received her M. Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia (Go Hoos!) and her B.S. in Psychology from Christopher Newport University (Go Captains!). She’s passionate about helping students build strong relationships during their time in school that can have positive lasting effects even after they graduate.

Prior to becoming a school counselor, Ms. An taught English at the elementary and middle school levels in South Korea. She is grateful for her time abroad and cannot wait until she can travel again. She enjoys spending time with friends, watching movies, and anything crafty!

Counselor, Stephanie Swift

Letters: N-Ri


Mrs. Stephanie Swift is starting her second year with Colgan's counseling team following two years at Battlefield High School. She is beginning her 24th year in education and 20th year as a school counselor. Seventeen of those years were at Manassas Park High School where Mrs. Swift was the counseling secretary before earning her M. Ed. in Counseling and Development from George Mason University. She began her school counseling career with Loudoun County Public Schools before returning to Manassas Park High School. In addition to her counseling duties Mrs. Swift was also the school test coordinator for SOL exams for 13 years.

Mrs. Swift grew up in Manassas, graduating from Osbourn High School and George Mason University where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. She has been a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) in Prince William County for 17 years working with families in cases of abuse and neglect. Her favorite part of school counseling is getting to know her students and to support them in their growth towards their life goals.

Mrs. Swift lives in Prince William County with her husband John. She loves getting frequent calls and visits from her son Aaron, who lives in Front Royal, Virginia. She has a large extended family living throughout Northern Virginia, as well as in West Virginia and Texas, and she enjoys when they can all come together for family gatherings. She also has a lifetime commitment to exercise and fitness and was a dance-aerobics instructor for 22 years and completed her first 5K run on her 50-something birthday. She also enjoys long walks or bike rides listening to audiobooks, is an avid Washington teams' fan (Nats, Caps, WFT), and the beach is her favorite vacation spot. She is excited to be a part of the Colgan community and is looking forward to meeting her students and families and to another great school year!

Counselor, Tiana Noble

Letters: Ro-S


Ms. Noble attended Norfolk State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and M. Ed. in School Counseling. She is currently working towards a 2nd Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University. For the past 11 years Ms. Noble has been a High School Counselor in Southern Virginia. She is passionate about encouraging students to love themselves and enjoy life.

Ms. Noble enjoys relaxing on the beach, traveling to tropical islands, shopping, and having fun with her family. Fall is her favorite season, because it’s Football season. She is a Dallas Cowboy fan, and isn’t afraid to say it. While relaxing on the beach you will find her enjoying the sounds of various types of music. Since traveling is limited, she enjoys the comforts of her home journaling or writing poetry. Her favorite quote is “You can never accomplish what you won’t pursue.” Ms. Noble gains inspiration comes from her mother. Her mom is her best friend and biggest supporter.

Ms. Noble is thrilled to join the Colgan family and looks forward to inspiring students to reach their highest potential!

Counselor, Erin Flaherty

Letters: T-Z


Erin Flaherty started her school counseling career fourteen years ago in Prince William County at Bennett Elementary School. At Bennett, Mrs. Flaherty worked to achieve the American School Counselor Association's Recognized National Model Program distinction.

Mrs. Flaherty studied at Penn State University, and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Family. Additionally, she attended The College of William and Mary earning a Master's of Education in Counselor Education with a concentration in School Counseling.

Mrs. Flaherty loves to spend time with her husband and daughter. She loves all things Pittsburgh and Penn State. In her spare time she likes to read, try new recipes, travel to new places, and run the occasional half marathon.

College & Career Counselor, Dr. Leah Byrd

Post-Secondary


Dr. Leah Byrd is a licensed K-12 Professional School Counselor who has served in PWCS for more than 18 years. She started at Colgan High School in its opening year as a school counselor. She transitioned to the College and Career Counselor in 2017 helping to establish the newly created position. . She earned her B.A. in Journalism at the University of Maryland (Fear the Turtle), her M.Ed. in Counseling and Development from George Mason University where she also obtained her Ph.D. in Education Policy in 2013. Her goal is to help all students realize their true potential and help set them on a path to achieve it.

Dr. Byrd is also a Bible study teacher and active in her church. She is married with three children and a very active goldendoodle, Harry. She enjoys traveling (visited 39 states so far) and stops by colleges along the way.

School Social Worker, Cynthia Brown

School Psychologist, James Maxfield

Mr. Maxfield "Mr. Max" is a 1985 graduate of Osbourn Park H.S. He began his career as a school psychologist in the Prince William County Schools from 1994-2000 at PACE West. Since then, he has served several schools, often concurrently including Rippon M.S., Occoquan E.S., Vaughan E.S., King E.S., Dale City E.S., Gar-Field H.S. Kelly Leadership Center, Independence Nontraditional, and Colgan H.S.  This is Mr. Maxfield's 4th year at Colgan H.S. He graduated from George Mason University with bachelor's degree psychology, then stayed at George Mason to earn his master's degree in school psychology. Mr. Maxfield lives in Fredericksburg with his wife, four children (two grown and out of the house), and rescue dog Sam.  He loves the culture of Colgan H.S. and considers it an honor and privilege to work here.

Counseling Secretary, Mellany Williams

Mrs. Mellany Williams is excited to be a part of the Colgan team as she begins her 21st year with Prince William County Schools. Before coming to Colgan High School, Mrs. Williams served at Woodbridge Senior High School as a student attendant, an ESOL teacher assistant, and as an Administrative Secretary. Mrs. Williams enjoys serving as the Counseling Secretary and couldn't ask for a better team to work with!

Mrs. Williams enjoys spending time with her family especially her four grandchildren!

Testing Coordinator, Blythe Irausquin

Mrs. Irausquin was so excited to join the Colgan family in 2020.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Longwood University and served several years as a family counselor and case manager at New Dominion School in Dillwyn, Virginia.  Prior to moving to Prince William County, Mrs. Irausquin spent 12 years as the School Testing Coordinator and Counseling Secretary at Buckingham County High School.

Mrs. Irausquin, her husband of 20 years, and their two teenage children said goodbye to their 90-acre farm in rural central Virginia to move to NOVA, and are enjoying getting to know this area and all it has to offer.  Mrs. Irausquin and her family love traveling and exploring, hiking and mountain biking, and are huge Washington Capitals fans.

New Horizons Counselor, Melissa Giannamore

Registrar, Terri Martin


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