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
- Montgomery County Hotline 301-738-CALL (2255)
- Confidential supportive listening, information, and referrals 24/7. From noon to midnight, individuals mayconnect via text messaging
- Montgomery County Crisis Center 240-777-4000
- 24/7 in person crisis intervention for walk-ins; 1301 Piccard Drive, Rockville
- 24/7 phone consultation, screening, and referral information
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline chat (suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat) 24/7
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline 800-662-HELP (4357)
- Provides free, confidential 24/7 treatment referral and information (in English and Spanish) for individuals andfamilies facing mental health and/or substance use difficulties
- Montgomery County Public Schools Waymaking video series, including episodes on Suicide Awareness, Managing Stress During Social Distancing, Montgomery County Crisis Center, and EveryMind Crisis Prevention and Intervention
|STAFF MEMBER||JOB TITLE||STUDENTS|
|Ms. Jana Walters||School Counselor||A-B||Jana_K_Walters@mcpsmd.org|
|Ms. Kendra Hendricks||School Counselor||C-E||Kendra_Hendricks@mcpsmd.org|
|Mrs. Lexanne Wilson||School Counselor||MYP and IB Diploma||Lexanne_C_Wilson@mcpsmd.org|
|Ms. Kelli Henderson-Petty||School Counselor||G-K||Kelli_N_Petty@mcpsmd.org|
|Ms. Cara Haddaway||School Counselor||L-M||Cara_J_Haddaway@mcpsmd.org|
Mr. Yvan Gelbard
|Ms. Shawn Guthire||School Counselor||S-Z||Shawn_J_Guthrie@mcpsmd.org|
|Ms. Donniel Gamble||School Counselor||ARS, LFI, SCB Programs||Cara_J_Haddaway@mcpsmd.org|
|Ms. Karla Lepinsky||ESOL Bilingual Professional School Counselor||All EML Levels||Karla_J_Lepinsky@mcpsmd.org|
Ms. Mirna Medrano-Romero
Ms. Naomi Johnson
Mr. Carlos Ulloa
Ms. Janae Robinson-Casey
College & Career Information Coordinator
Ms. Anne Marie Walker
- 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 www.ChildrensMentalHealthMatters.org.
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
- County Career Center
- Graduation Requirements (CLICK HERE for full information about graduation requirements)
- Course Bulletin