Westland Middle School’s Counseling Department

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7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday 

Phone:      240-740-5860

Fax:           301-320-7053 

Mission Statement

As an integral part of the International Baccalaureate World School community, it is the mission of the Westland MS Counseling Department to support the development of “inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” We work in partnership with all stakeholders to promote every student’s academic success, personal, interpersonal and healthy development, and long term planning and goal setting. 

Vision Statement

It is the vision of the Westland Middle School Counseling Department to provide a safe and welcoming environment where all students are empowered academically, socially and emotionally to reach their personal and academic potential. 

Counselors  

Counselor assignment can be found on your child’s schedule 


Counseling Secretary and Registrar

Mrs. Belott

 
 belott Mrs. Belott received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Drama from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She was a Media Assistant at John F. Kennedy High School for 12 years and then became the Counseling Secretary here at Westland Middle School.
Resource Counselor
7th Grade 

Ms. Fischer 

Mrs. Fischer graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Psychology.  She went on to earn a Master’s of Science degree in School Counseling from the University of Miami. 

She has been working in MCPS for more than 25 years as a Counselor at both the high school and middle school level. This is Ms. Fischer's 9th year at Westland Middle School!

Counselor

6th Grade

Lauren Geissel

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Ms. Geissel received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Iowa and her Master's of Education in School Counseling from DePaul University. This will be Ms. Geissel's 4th year as a school counselor and 1st year at Westland Middle School! 

Counselor
7th Grade
 

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Counselor
8th Grade 

Laura Williams

 

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Ms. Williams received her B.A. from Middlebury College in English and her master's and certificate of advanced studies in school counseling from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This will be her seventh year as a school counselor, and she has worked at both the middle and high school levels in MCPS.


School Pyschologist

Dr. Boswell


Hi! I am Dr. Boswell, your school psychologist. I was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD, and previously lived in NYC and NJ. I attended George Washington University for my undergraduate studies, and Rutgers University for graduate school.  At Westland, I help students manage stress, regulate their emotions, and develop positive coping strategies. I am a co-sponsor of our Sexuality, and Gender Acceptance (SAGA) Club. My "virtual" door is always open!  My schedule is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 8:30 - 3 pm.  My email is Ashley_K_Boswell@mcpsmd.org

Delivery of Services

Our School Counseling Program supports academic, personal, interpersonal, career, and healthy development through individual counseling, group counseling, and classroom guidance. Counselors collaborate with Westland MS staff members, students, parents, and community professionals to identify student needs and to provide the support and resources necessary to maximize personal and interpersonal growth.