Counseling

School-CounselorMission: The mission of the Carlin Springs Counseling Program is to deliver a comprehensive school counseling curriculum that focuses on social emotional learning in order to help our students reach their full potential inside and outside of the classroom.  Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for all students that promotes kindness, respect and responsibility.   

Vision: The students at Carlin Springs are life-long learners who value themselves, others and their environment.  They recognize they are part of a larger community and strive to be productive members of society by demonstrating compassion, respect and resiliency.  With the support of the comprehensive counseling curriculum, which promotes academic, social-emotional and career learning, each student will achieve life-long success.

Meet our Professional School Counselors

Megan Grasso  

Hi!  I’m Megan Grasso and I am the full-time professional school counselor at Carlin Springs.  This is my fifth year as a school counselor and first year in Arlington Public Schools and Carlin Springs.  For the past four years, I have been a school counselor in Fairfax County Public Schools.  Prior to becoming a school counselor, I was a special education teacher for three years in DC Public Schools.    After teaching, I earned my Masters in School Counseling from George Washington University in 2014.  I hold a Virginia license in School Counseling and I am a member of the American School Counselor Association.  I grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Arlington in 2009 where I currently live with my husband, son and dog.    Throughout the year, I will be providing counseling lessons to students in grades K, 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th.  I will also run small counseling groups and meet with individual students in all grade levels as needed.  I am excited to be part of the Carlin Springs community and look forward to getting to know our students and families.  Please feel free to reach out should you have any questions.  I can be reached at:  703-228-8420 or megan.grasso@apsva.us 

Jennifer Pham

Hello! I’m Jennifer Pham, and I’m another full-time professional school counselor at Carlin Springs. It is my first year in Arlington Public Schools and excited to be a part of the Carlin Springs family. I earned my Masters in School Counseling from George Mason University (GMU) in May 2019. During my time at GMU, I worked as an Academic Coach for GMU’s Counseling and Psychological Services. I have also worked as a Kindergarten Instructional Assistant and Substitute Teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools and provided community involvement for MentorWorks, Barros Circle Community Center, and Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative. I am a member of the American School Counselor Association and the Virginia School Counselor Association. I was raised in Fairfax, VA, and relocated to Arlington, VA, in 2018, where I currently live with my partner, two dogs, and cat. This school year, I will be pushing into K, 2nd, and 4th-grade classes for counseling lessons, facilitate small groups and meet with individual students in all grade levels as needed.I look forward to getting to know our students and families. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. My direct line is 703-228-8419 and email Jennifer.pham2@apsva.us

Confidentiality

Privacy and confidentiality are essential to having an effective school counseling program. Carlin Springs recognizes the importance of good communication and good working relationships between students, parents, and the school. Therefore, every effort will be made to protect student and parent privacy rights except under certain limited conditions. These conditions generally included safety issues (harm to self and/others), legal issues, and professional responsibilities (see the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors at www.schoolcounselor.org).