Office Info

Room #104




The mission of John F. Kennedy High School Counseling Services Department is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that addresses the personal/social, academic and college/career needs of all students. Our goal is to promote a commitment to lifelong learning, personal and academic growth and to aid students in becoming responsible and productive citizens who can progress confidently into an ever-changing society. This foundation will be supported and further strengthened by collaboration with other educators, administrators, parents/guardians and community advocatClick the tree for mental health resources and to meet our school psychologist, Ms. Kimberly Medina.


Students have many options available to them and they need skills to assist them not only in seeking information, but also in evaluating the information and making good decisions related to these options. Because counselors have the information and perspective to consider the whole student rather than his/her performance in one subject or situation, they can provide the personal attention needed to coordinate and focus the student's total school experience.

Community Mental Health Resources


Counseling Assignments | Las Asignaciónes de los Consejeros


Ms. Jana Walters School Counselor A-B
Ms. Kendra Hendricks School Counselor C-E
Mrs. Lexanne Wilson School Counselor MYP and IB Diploma
Ms. Kelli Henderson-Petty School Counselor G-K
Ms. Cara Haddaway School Counselor L-M

Mr. Yvan Gelbard

School Counselor

Ms. Shawn Guthire School Counselor S-Z
Ms. Donniel Gamble School Counselor ARS, LFI, SCB Programs
Ms. Karla Lepinsky ESOL Bilingual Professional School Counselor All EML Levels

Ms. Mirna Medrano-Romero

Parent-Community Coordinator

Ms. Naomi Johnson

Social Worker

Mr. Carlos Ulloa

Counseling Secretary

Ms. Janae Robinson-Casey

College & Career Information Coordinator

Ms. Anne Marie Walker 


Mental Health Awareness

Fast Facts about Children’s Mental Health

  • Mental health refers to a person’s overall emotional, behavioral and psychological well-being. It impacts how we think, feel, and act, including how a child:
    • Feels about himself/herself
    • Relates to other children and adults
    • Handles change, stress and other life situations
  • One in five children may experience a mental, emotional or behavioral health problem before age 18. These problems affect children of all demographic groups, regardless of education, income, race or culture.
  • 70% of school-aged children with a diagnosable mental illness do not receive treatment.
  • Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is a great time to learn more about children’s mental health and to check out available resources to help ensure all children have the opportunity to be successful in school, at home, in the community, and in their future adult lives.
  • Read more about the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and find resources, including our Family Resource Kit, for help at

Minor Work Permits

A Maryland work permit is required for all minors under the age of 18 to work in the State of Maryland. Work permits are issued for the state in which the job is held: for instance, if your job is in Maryland, you need a Maryland work permit, but if your job is in DC, you need a DC work permit. A hard copy of instructions to obtain a Maryland work permit are available from Ms. Lyons in the counseling office or on the Maryland DLLR website.

Student Support Resources

Kennedy offers many options to support students. For more information, you may contact the Counseling Office or click the links below.

  • SNEAKERS For the past 15 years, the SNEAKERS program has guided many young women towards making positive decisions in their lives. SNEAKERS is a program for adolescent females who are experiencing the challenges and changes of growing up. Through interactive sessions that involve group discussions, role plays, educational games and other creative techniques, girls build a positive peer support group that allows them to deal with the many issues they face on a daily basis.
  • Academic Support Resources Kennedy offers many resources for students' academic support.

Other Key Resources

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