Ashlawn School Counselors, School Psychologist and School Social Worker

What does a Counselor do?

  • Classroom Lessons are taught in grades K – 5 every week. The Second Step and Sanford Harmony programs will be the primary curriculum. They focuses on Bullying, Empathy, Emotion Management, Child Protection and Problem Solving.
  • Small Group Enrichment will be offered for children, grades 1 through 5, who are experiencing specific stresses that may hinder their academic or social growth. Groups will be held during lunch/recess, and will meet 5 or 6 times. Permission slips will be sent home for students prior to each group. No student will be allowed to participate in a group without a signed permission slip.
  • Individual Counseling is offered short term, as needed, for students experiencing any issue of concern or special obstacles that keep them from being their best.
  • Consultation with parents and/or teachers is offered to discuss problems that may be interfering with the students’ academic or social achievement. Parents may email or call the counselor to arrange an appointment to discuss any concerns they have.

How can I help the Counselors?

  1. Let us know what we can do to support you. Personal information is kept confidential.
  2. Give us feedback. Let us know if we are or are not meeting your needs.
  3. Remember that sometimes it takes children a while to figure out what is bothering them and even longer to solve the problem. Progress can be slow.
  4. All children are important, all needs are important, and we help all Ashlawn students.
  5. Call with any questions at 703-228-8282 or email or 703-228-8295

The Ashlawn Student Services Team 

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Cynthia Skinner

School Counselor grades 2, 3, and 5

Room 262 - 703-228-8282 Ms. Skinner completed her Bachelors in Finance and her Masters in School Counseling, both at Marymount University. She loves spending time with her family, especially her 12 nieces and nephews and her 3 GREAT nieces and nephew. Ms. Skinner will be starting her 22nd year at Ashlawn, and loves the time she spends with the students, and watching them grow every year!

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Taliah Graves

School Counselor grades K, 1 and 4

Room 124 - 703-228-8295 Ms. Graves attended Howard University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism. She received her Master of Education degree in School Counseling from Liberty University. She is beyond excited to continue this very important work to ensure each student feels safe, seen, heard, and ready to learn.

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Jenny Lambdin

School Psychologist

Room 265 - 703-228-8838

Patty Martinez

School Social Worker

Room 210 - 571-319-7830