Meet the Jamestown Counseling Team
Dr. Karen Spees, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
I am the full time counselor at Jamestown Elementary school in Arlington, Virginia, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Arlington as well. I received my Ph.D. in Education, with specialties in counseling and conflict resolution, from George Mason University. In addition to my experience in counseling, I have been an elementary teacher and support group leader. My research interests are in peer mediation and gender issues in elementary settings. I have made presentations at the local, state and national level regarding my research findings, and was published in the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) proceedings. I was named the Arlington Public Schools Elementary Counselor of the Year for 2007-2008. Born in Missouri, I have lived in Arlington for most of my life and am a graduate of Washington-Lee High School.
Hello! I am the part-time counselor at Jamestown, and I will be here on Fridays. This is my 17th year as a school counselor and my 3rd year in Arlington. I have a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in School Counseling from the University of Maryland at College Park. In my spare time I love spending time with my one-year-old son, Ramsey. I am very excited to be at Jamestown again this year and to work with the families and staff!
Ms. Karen Thompson - Counseling Intern
I am a counseling student at George Mason University. I have
taught seventh grade math for six years and am excited to continue my career in
education as a school counselor. I enjoy spending time with family and friends,
and love to cook!
I take a social
justice approach to counseling. My philosophy is to provide students with
resources to be successful and empower them to advocate for themselves. I
believe it is important to incorporate students’ beliefs and backgrounds in
counseling. I use creative techniques to best meet the needs of my students. I
am excited to work with the students and staff at Jamestown Elementary!