TJMS Student Services Staff

Helps-Me-SucceedThomas Jefferson Student Services is made up of our Director of Counseling Services, grade level School Counselors, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, and Registrar.  Additional support is provided by our Substance Abuse Counselor and Bilingual Family Liaison.  We work collaboratively with students, families and staff through the personal, social-emotional and academic needs of our student body.

TJMS School Counselors rotate each year with their assigned grade levels to ensure not only a strong relationship with each and every student, but to provide a comprehensive counseling program. Our School Psychologist, Social Worker, Substance Abuse Counselor and Bilingual Family Liaison have the pleasure of working with all students grades 6th to 8th.

Should you find that you or your child are in need of assistance in addressing academic challenges, social-emotional conflicts, or if you have questions about graduation requirements your School Counselor is the first place to start.

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Dante Hicks

Director of Counseling

Hello! I am excited to begin my ninth year in APS and my fourth here at Jefferson Middle School. As a former school counselor, minority achievement coordinator, and assistant principal, I am thrilled to use my experience in education to create a comprehensive school counseling program. I look forward to working with the student services team to ensure that we meet the needs of the whole child. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, going to the movies, and a playing board games!
Amelia Black

Amelia Black

6th Grade School Counselor

Hi! My name is Amelia Black, and I am very excited to be a counselor here at Jefferson, go Yellowjackets! I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and am a proud graduate of UNC at Chapel Hill (A.K.A The University of National Champions). I taught Reading for two years in Dallas, Texas before moving to Arlington to study school counseling at Marymount University. I am a lover of reading, watching movies, fishing, and helping students reach their full potential. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if there is any way I can help!
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Susan Russo

7th Grade School Counselor

I am excited to be here in Arlington Public Schools where my own children continue to have amazing school experiences. I’ve also been a counselor in my home state of Wisconsin and in Alexandria City for several years. I love to read, hike, bike, and spend time with friends and family. I am always up for a bad knock-knock joke, a vicious game of ping-pong, or sitting on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and a sappy movie. I’m excited to support our students and families this year through social-emotional and school success programming.
Dr. Woody Pope

Tiffini Woody-Pope, Ed.D.

8th Grade School Counselor

Greetings! I am Tiffini Woody-Pope and a proud member of the Jefferson Counseling Team. I am delighted to share my experiences as a School Counselor and teacher with the students and families of Arlington Public Schools. One of the best aspects of Thomas Jefferson is the diversity our students and staff bring, which makes my work enriching as I grow professionally and personally each day. Outside of Jefferson I enjoy interacting with nature, laughing with friends and cooking with family. I look forward to working with you!
Jasmine Burton

Jasmine Burton

Program Counselor

Welcome to the beehive, yellow jackets! I am Jasmine Burton and I am so thrilled to be a part of the Thomas Jefferson family. I was a school counselor in the state of Georgia for 4 years and this will be my 5th year. I’ve completed my Bachelors in Exercise and Health Science at Kennesaw State University and my Masters of Education Specialist in School Counseling at Georgia State University, the real GSU. I love to travel, eat, jam to music and college football, WAR EAGLE! Let’s have an awesome school year!
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Ana Rodriguez

EL School Counselor- Grades 6-8

Hello! I am Ana Rodriguez and a proud member of the Jefferson HILT and Counseling Teams. I grew up in Northern Virginia, and Beni, Bolivia. I studied Sociology and International Relations at Virginia Commonwealth University, before earning my Masters in Education from George Washington University. Most of my career has been in the Education and Social Service fields. In my free time, I love to go for walks and paint with my daughter, cook with family, and spend time with friends.
Tanya Moncrieffe-Heath Headshot Dr. Tanya Moncrieffe-Heath School Psychologist It is my main goal to advocate for students and their families around: equitable access to resources, academic success, positive behavior, prosocial skills and positive relationship building, and overall mental health. I will endeavor to ensure that all students be provided an academic experience that meets each of their individual abilities and addresses their strengths as well as their unique learning abilities and needs. I am delighted to be your school psychologist this year and to work with students, teachers, administrators, parents/guardians, and related service providers to provide each student with an amazing educational experience.
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Elizabeth Brady

School Social Worker

I am your school social worker, Elizabeth Brady, LCSW.  Together with my social worker intern, Eleanor Cohen, we are two of the mental health professionals at TJMS, and provide counseling to students to help them succeed in school. We work with students in all grades around coping skills, distress tolerance, and help students find the tools they need to grow. We are also here to connect Arlington families with the available resources in Arlington county. Call us for information about resources for food, rental assistance, help with utilities, clothing, and any other questions about resources available in our community.
Kim Chisolm Kim Chisolm, LCSW, CSAC, SAP Substance Abuse Counselor As a Substance Abuse Counselor, I am available to students who have been referred for issues related to substance use. In my role, I provide prevention and intervention support so that students can access their education and prepare for future endeavors. I work in conjunction with TJ’s staff, families, and the community to promote and foster protective factors in students lives.   Everyone’s journey in life takes a different path. Some are linear and some are clearly not. It’s a rewarding experience being part of the ones that are not.
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Ana Mejia

Registrar *Habla espanol

Hi, my name is Ana Mejia, I have been at Thomas Jefferson Middle School for 25 years as an Administrative Assistant/ Registrar. I have enjoyed my position all these years because I love helping others and you learn something new every day.  My Spanish skills makes it easier for communication with our families who speak Spanish as a primary language.  I also enjoy helping out families of other ethnicities as they transition to a new school system here in Arlington Public Schools. Overall, I hope to create a smooth transition for new families and help everyone feel comfortable/welcomed here at TJMS.   Personally, I enjoy been with my family,  and spending time at home– traveling sometimes, and cooking.

Irma De Leon

Bilingual Parent Liaison *Habla espanol

Hello, my name is Irma De Leon, and I will serve as the Bilingual Family Specialist for Thomas Jefferson Middle School.  This will be my second year here at TJ, and my fifteenth year with Arlington Public Schools. Prior to coming to TJMS. I served as teacher assistant in the Early Childhood Education at the Arlington Career Center. I am very excited to be a part of Thomas Jefferson Middle School, I look forward to working with the many families of our school. My goal is to connect and empower parents on the education of their children. I’m the proud parent of two children who graduated from APS, and attended Thomas Jefferson. In my free time I enjoy gardening, walking, spending time with family, friends and anything hands on. Feel free to contact me with questions you may have.