School Counselors


Dante Hicks
Director of Counseling Services

Amelia Black

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

Program Counselor (Rising 6th Grade for 22-23 School Year)

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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.

Susan Russo

6th Grade School Counselor (Rising 7th Grade for 22-23 School Year)


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 experiences as a School Counselor and teacher of elementary school 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 meeting you!

Tiffini Woody-Pope, Ed.D.

7th Grade School Counselor (Rising 8th Grade for 22-23 School Year)


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 and 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!

Jasmine Burton

8th Grade School Counselor (Program Counselor for 22-23 School Year)


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 theEducation 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

EL School Counselor- Grades 6-8