The mission of the Guidance Counseling office at GWA is to ensure that all graduating students have a broad understanding of post-secondary options and leave GWA with the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in university, college, tech or trade school, military service, or direct entry into the workforce. To make this vision a reality, the Upper School Counselors work with students grades 6-12 in a variety of capacities.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” - Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Meet the Upper School Counselors
Upper School Counselor (Last Names A-H)
Kathryn Casey (MA, LAC) has been an Upper School Counselor at GWA since Fall of 2016. She grew up in Wisconsin, USA and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (2010) and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Mental Health with a specialty focus in School Counseling from the University of Arizona (2013). She is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in the state of Arizona and is a professional member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the International Association for College Admissions Counseling (IACAC). Ms. Casey is passionate about helping young people further their education and reach their personal and professional goals. She believes that all students are capable of success and that education, especially international education, is the most valuable investment in one’s future.
Upper School Counselor (Last Names I-Z)
Please stop by to see your school counselor or email her to schedule an appointment.
The following is a list of just some of the many ways the Upper School Counselors help students and parents on a day to day basis:
Academic and Administrative Duties
-Assists with scheduling and course planning and selection
-Reviews student transcripts and graduation requirements
-Organizes credit recovery options for students on academic probation
-Coordinates AP and PSAT/SAT/ACT testing
-Collaborates with teachers and administrators to develop academic and career programming for upper school students
College and Career Counseling
-Guides students and parents through the college admissions process
-Helps students and parents identify best-fit universities and other post-secondary options
-Supports students with college and scholarship applications
-Teaches college and career readiness skills in classroom and small-group setting
-Coordinates special campus events including visits from admissions representatives, career and college fairs, and informational sessions for both students and parents
-Provides one-on-one counseling to students
-Develops individualized education plans for students
-Administers aptitude tests and career inventories to assist students in identifying their strengths and values
-Supports students with goal-setting and motivational interviewing
-Facilitates family meetings to discuss academics and college admissions
Where are we?
The Upper School Counselors offices are located in the Upper School Administrative Offices. The offices are open daily from 08:00 to 16:00.