School-CounselorMission Statement

Our mission is to provide a safe and/or nurturing learning environment for allstudents no matter their gender, ethnicity or race to become caring,responsible individuals who are literate, informed, and productive members ofthe community by facilitating the academic, career and personal/social growthof all learners through the collaboration of staff, parents, students andcommunity partnerships.

Vision Statement 

The vision of Carlin Springs Elementary School is to encourage high academic standards bya community model of students, parents, and teachers.   We provide a safe and supportive environmentfor all students to become life-long learners, responsible citizens andproductive community members.


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


School Counselors

Gretchen Brenckle           Kelynne Bisbee

Counseling Office: 703-228-8420


Gretchen Brenckle 

Professional School Counselor

Gretchen Brenckle is a full-time professional school counselor who has worked in Arlington Public Schools (APS) for over 12 years.  Before becoming a school counselor, Ms. Brenckle worked for the Arlington Employee Assistance Program coordinating their Wellness Program.  Ms. Brenckle is licensed by the State of Virginia and received her Masters in School Counseling from Marymount University in May 2008.  Ms. Brenckle is a member of the American School Counselor Association as well as a member of the Virginia School Counselor Association for which she sat on their board from 2007-2008 as their government relations state representative.Mrs. Brenckle grew up in Arlington and attending Arlington Public Schools from Kindergarten to 12th grade. She now resides in Arlington with her husband, son and two cats.

Kelynne Bisbee

Professional School Counselor

Kelynne Bisbee is the part-time professional school counselor who will be at Carlin Springs on Tuesdays. She has been a full- or part-time counselor with Arlington Public Schools for 10 years. Ms. Bisbee earned her Masters degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Counseling and Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in2000. She holds a VA license in School Counseling and is a member of the American School Counselor Association and the Virginia School Counselor Association. Ms. Bisbee has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences and has authored a professional journal article. She is originally from Central New York and moved to Arlington in 2000 where she now lives with her husband, son, and two cats.