School Counselors

Susan Holland
Director of Counseling Services



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 you!

Amelia Black

6th grade School Counselor




I am excited to be coming to Arlington Public Schools where my own children have had amazing school experiences. I’ve been a counselor in my home state of Wisconsin, and also 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. And I can’t wait to get to know my students and their families this year!

Susan Russo

7th Grade School Counselor




Hey there! I’m Erin Pennington and I grew up in Fairfax County, received my bachelors from Virginia Tech in Psychology then went straight to Marymount University for my Masters in Counseling. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, traveling, running, and baking. I look forward to getting more involved at Jefferson in the coming years.

Erin Pennington

8th grade School Counselor 



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.

Ana Rodriguez

HILT School Counselor




Greetings! I am Tiffini Woody-Pope and a proud member of the Jefferson Counseling Team; it is exciting to be a part of the Thomas Jefferson family. I am delighted to share my 11 years of experience as a School Counselor and teacher of elementary school with the students and families of Arlington Public Schools. One of the best aspects of 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 meeting you!

Tiffini Woody-Pope, Ed.D.

Program Counselor