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Counseling

Guidance Department:
Kathy Wilson-Klatka School Counselor kathywilson@mcps.org 
Jodi Burke School Counselor jodiburke@mcps.org
Phyllis Meredith Guidance Administrative Assistant pmeredith@mcps.org
 
Jodi Burke
Educational Background
B.A. in Business - Piedmont Baptist College - 2000
M.S. in Education with emphasis on Guidance Counseling - American Public University - 2012
 
Experience
I worked as an attendance advocate in K-10th grade for 13 years in Boulder, Colorado. I have been at East Mont since 2022. 
 
Personal Information
I am from Christiansburg, Virginia, but spent 10 years in North Carolina and 13 years in Colorado. 
 
Hobbies and Interests
I LOVE to travel. I have visited 20 countries and all 50 states. I have a lazy Australian Shepard named Riley and a crazy Australian Shepard named Harley. Winter is my favorite time of year. I love football and the Hokies and the Denver Broncos are my favorite teams. 
 
Favorite Quote
"Not all those who wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkien 

School Counseling Services

The counseling and guidance program is designed to promote academic, personal, social, and career development.  As an integral part of the K-12 school program, counseling and guidance builds a foundation for learning based on:    
  • positive attitudes toward school and learning  
  • personal responsibility  
  • respect for self and others  
  • knowledge and skills for employment  
  
Research indicates those counseling and guidance programs:  
  • improve academic achievement  
  • enhance educational and career planning and school-to work transition  
  • foster positive attitudes toward school, learning, and work  
  • increase acquisition and application of conflict resolution skills  
  • decrease dropouts 
 
The school counseling office is available for assistance in planning and scheduling classes, working through problems and concerns, career counseling, consultation, student appraisal, college information, educational placement, emergency/records, and arranging parent conferences.  Our counselor can also assist with crisis prevention and intervention as well as make individual and group counseling available to students.  Private therapists not employed by MCPS are not allowed to work with students on school property during the school day.  Parents/guardians will need to work out arrangements to have these services delivered to their children outside of the school day.
 
Parents/guardians are invited to call or schedule an appointment to meet with our guidance counselor to discuss concerns about their child at any time.  Consultation with a guidance counselor concerning a variety of issues is offered to parents/guardians. Assessment and appropriate referral information about available community resources are among the services provided to parents/guardians upon request.  Parents/Guardians may telephone the EMHS guidance office directly by calling 268-3011.
EMHS is fortunate to have a career coach available to our students.  The Career Coach works for NRCC, providing career coaching services to Eastern Montgomery HS students.  The Career Coach is an employee of NRCC, but maintains a work space and access to students at EMHS.  The Career Coach’s job is to work with students, parents, businesses, high school and college faculty and administration in order to provide information related to jobs, careers, training, financial aid, planning, and support for students in the 9th through 12th grades.  At EMHS, the Career Coach’s activities have included:
  • Career Assessments for all sophomores.
  • Classroom presentations regarding career readiness, soft skills, financial aid, early college programs.
  • One-on-one and small group meetings related to career planning activities, scholarships, applications, essays.
  • Working with guidance and faculty on Sophomore Career Day at NRCC.
  • Coordinating activities for NRCC placement testing, the Jumpstart program, on-site NRCC registration, and NRCC orientation.

MCPS High School Program of Studies

The MCPS High School Program of Studies includes a complete listing of courses offered at all MCPS high schools.  While course offerings may vary at the different high schools, MCPS will make an effort to accommodate student requests by adjusting course availability at each school based on sufficient student interest/demand.   All course offerings are dependent on sufficient resources and the availability of qualified staff. 
HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE:
1.Click on the MCPS HS Program of Studies 2023-2024 link Below
2. Scroll to the Table of Contents 
3. Click on the Hyperlinks to go to the sections of Interest
 
 
MCPS HS Program of Studies 2023-2024 (Link Coming Soon)
 

Except for emergency situations, students will not be allowed to go to the guidance office from class without an appointment or pass.  Students are encouraged to make appointments by stopping by the guidance office before or after school or during lunch.  Once in the guidance office, students will be required to sign in and out to document the time they spent there.

 

 

 

 

Opportunities 

     Scholarships 2023 - 2024