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Every student will acquire the academic and career related skills needed to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as responsible, competent and productive citizens.




The mission of our department is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program to meet the academic, personal/social, and college/career needs of all students. Counselors are student advocates who support students throughout their middle and high school journey and help students prepare for their post-secondary plans. Counselors help students maximize their academic achievement while acknowledging every student’s individual and cultural uniqueness. In partnership with other educators, parents/guardians, and the community, the Lincoln and Bell counseling team strives to ensure that all students develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary to be successful in college and in our changing society.



Our Guidance Team takes a personal approach with each individual student. We understand that the middle school and high school years can be difficult to navigate. The Guidance and Counseling Curriculum adheres to the National Standards for School Counseling Programs (American School Counselor Association), but goes beyond to ensure that the personal, academic, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs of each student is addressed.


Every student has an appointed counselor, assigned by grade level and career interest, who will help to address academic goals, to select and apply to optimal colleges, and to address personal issues and resolve conflicts. Guidance services are delivered via a combination of personalized, one on one meetings between each student and their counselor as well as via small group, large group, grade level and whole school offerings.



The purpose of Academic Counseling is to provide students with information and guidance regarding their educational needs.  We help facilitate communication between the school and parents, monitor student progress, advise on class placement and assist in scheduling.  The Guidance Department encourages students to understand the relationship of academics to the world of work, to their lives at home and to the community.  Our goal is to help students acquire the knowledge and skills that contribute to effective life-long learning.


Other areas addressed in Academic Counseling include:

  • Clarifying educational goals and objectives

  • Creating academic plans

  • College counseling

  • Tutoring referrals

  • Motivational strategies

  • Time management



CHEC offers individual counseling for college planning for students and/or parents of all grades 6 - 12, with a strong focus on juniors and seniors. The college counseling program is dedicated to guiding and preparing students for their transition to college. Individual and family meetings, class workshops, and evening information sessions are offered throughout the year to keep students and parents informed about college planning and the application process.


Our team uses Naviance/Family Connection for college and career research, for the coordination of the application process, and to list scholarship information.



We provide ample opportunities for personal counseling to give students an opportunity to discuss personal, academic, and social issues in a confidential manner. Personal Counseling is designed to identify students' strengths and enhance personal growth skills in the learning environment and to provide strategies and perspective in navigating the teenage years and/or personal situations or challenges. All guidance counselors are trained to support the personal counseling needs of their students, and access to an entire team of professional social workers, is also available for additional counseling support. Parents are also welcome to reach out to discuss parenting and personal issues as well.


Frequently, there are stress factors associated with middle and high school.  Challenging times can be experienced when faced with the rigors of academics mixed with potential new freedoms, exciting and demanding life choices, and a variety of venues for growth and expression. Or sometimes, there is something that needs to be discussed with a supportive person.


Personal counseling can provide support for individual concerns that might interfere with personal success and satisfaction, academic progress and social development while at CHEC.


Some of the more common concerns include difficulty with friends, teachers, or family members; depression and anxiety; lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating or studying; uncertainties about personal values and beliefs, along with many other issues.


Students and their parents are encouraged to seek out their assigned counselor at any time.


Reasons for students to contact a Guidance Counselor or the Personal Counselor include:

  • Academic Consultations

  • Problems with friends/peers

  • Personal problems

  • Anxiety/Stress

  • College and future plans

  • To chat


Parents are welcome to contact us regarding these issues and any other topics:

  • Concerns about your child/ward

  • Parenting support

  • Questions regarding academics

  • College planning

  • Any comments or questions



Andrea Lewis, 6th and 7th Grade

Andrea is a first year counselor at Columbia Heights Education Campus. She relocated from Raleigh, North Carolina where she counseled both Elementary and Middle School Students. While residing in North Carolina, Ms. Lewis obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Winston-Salem State University and Masters of Education in School Counseling from North Carolina State University. Throughout her educational journey, Ms. Lewis worked as a behavioral science research assistant for Winston-Salem University. Overall, Ms. Lewis is enthralled that her journey as led her to Washington, DC at CHEC where she hopes to continue assisting others in their own educational journey. 

Britany Brown, 7th and 8th Grade

I am the 7th and 8th grade counselor. I received my bachelors in psychology from Penn State University and my masters in school counseling from George Washington University. I truly believe that education is power that no one can take from you.

Hurley J. Odom, 9th Grade Counselor

Hurley J. Odom is a third year 9th grade counselor at Columbia Heights Educational Campus. He is from Suffolk, VA and has been living in the Northern Virginia area since 2008. Mr. Odom is a 2005 graduate of Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. In the fall of 2005 He entered into the Community/Clinical Psychology Masters program at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA. After careful consideration and deep thought of his talents and gifts, he transitioned into the Urban Education/School Counseling program. He then graduated from Norfolk State University in 2007 after being in the program only a year. He recently earned his Educational Specialist degree in Supervision/Administration with a concentration in Special Education, Spring 2017.


He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., American School Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association and serves on several committees within Prince William County Schools. With the help of his family and friends he has been guided to the field of education and has dedicated his life to it. He has been quoted as saying “It is my responsibility as an educator, to be a role model and a positive representation for the youth of today so that they will be productive citizens of tomorrow.”

Luis A. Diaz Luna, 9th Grade Counselor

Luis A. Diaz Luna was born in Puerto Rico and came to the United States when he joined the Armed Forces. Mr. Diaz received his Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Louisville at Louisville, KY.  He continued his studies in Counseling in Psychology at the same university and later transferred and graduated with a Master’s Degree from Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green, KY with a double concentration in Mental Health and Family Counseling.  Mr. Diaz has been working in educational settings ever since he completed a practicum in School Counseling at the Naples High School in Naples, Italy.


Mr. Diaz has been working at Columbia Heights educational Campus as a Bilingual Counselor since August, 2006. He is currently serving as counselor for the 10th grade.

Evelyn Iraheta, 10th and 11th Grade MCA Counselor

Evelyn Irehata, who is Bell graduate, received her Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish with a concentration in Political Science at Hood College. She also received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Trinity Washington University. Mrs. Iraheta was born in El Salvador. She is married and has two daughters.


Mrs. Iraheta is a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Argosy University. She has also taught at Trinity University in the counseling graduate program. Additionally, Mrs. Iraheta is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia. Mrs. Iraheta is an active member of the American School Counseling Association, the American Counseling Association and the DC School Counseling Association. Currently, she serves as a school counselor for 9th grade students.

Kimberly Troy, 10th and 11th Grade MSB Counselor

Kimberly Troy is a first year counselor at Columbia Heights Education Campus. She is a native Washingtonian and has been living in the Metropolitan area all of her life. Mrs. Troy has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morgan State University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University. She started her journey in education in 2001 as an English and Language Arts teacher for 7th and 8th grades and transitioned into school counseling in 2006. She has serviced grades K-12 and is currently a 10th and 11th grade MSB counselor. Mrs. Troy is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the American Psychology Association. She has a true passion for working with children and has dedicated her life to supporting students academically and emotionally.

Kwame Yeboah, 11th and 12th MCA Counselor

Kwame Yeboah-Kankam was born in Ghana and moved to the United States in 1995.  In 2004, he graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs and French Language and Literature. He worked as a teacher before earning a master’s degree in school counseling from George Mason University in 2013. Mr. Yeboah worked as a high school counselor in Virginia for three years and he joined CHEC in 2017. He is fluent in Twi, French and Patois. Mr. Yeboah is a staunch proponent of ambition and resilience in all his students and he advises his students to be excellent rather than strive to be. He advises each student to manage the 168 hours s/he has weekly, in a way that drives her/him to be a matchless amalgam of academic and social achievement.

Marianella Castro, 11th and 12th MSB Counselor

Ms. Castro is the 11th and 12th grade counselor for the Math Science & Business (MSB) Academy. This is her second year at CHEC and her 7th year as a counselor. Ms. Castro was born in Nicaragua and raised in California (Bay Area). Ms. Castro received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Francisco State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling from San Jose State University. She worked as a school counselor in San Francisco for five years before coming to CHEC. What she mostly enjoys at CHEC is working with the diverse student population and helping them through their college application and career exploration journey.

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Stanford University, Stanford, CA




  • Take SAT or ACT exams

  • Attend college fairs and college visits on campus

  • Narrow your college list, review college applications and begin to apply for admissions

  • Work on college essays

  • Log on to Naviance for college and scholarship search to submit applications

  • Senior Parent Meetings

  • Request letters of recommendations from teachers (4-5 weeks notice)

  • Request secondary reports from counselors (2-3 weeks notice)

  • Ask your teacher and counselor to review your application essay

  • Starting this month request transcripts on Naviance



  • Take SAT or ACT exams

  • Take SAT subject exams for Language

  • Submit your application if you are applying Early Decision / Action

  • Finalize your College Essays

  • Submit early decision or early action applications

  • If you have not done so, mail out the admissions applications if you are applying on paper

  • Nov (first week) GRAB Presentations begin in HS Library

  • Nov (first week) Senior Convocation Ceremony

  • Thanksgiving Break Nov 26th & 27th



  • Last chance to take SAT or ACT exams

  • Talk to your parents about the Free

  • School Report requests due to counselors Dec 5th for any college apps due Dec19-Jan 10th

  • Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Do not submit before January 1st

  • Research & apply for outside funding or scholarships, check the the college/career center

  • Remind teachers/counselor to submit your letter of recommendation and school report before break

  • Complete the CSS Profile if your college requires it

  • Winter Break Dec 21st - Jan 3rd



  • Application for FAFSA opens Jan 1st

  • Complete and Submit your FAFSA/DC CAP & DC TAG application ASAP

  • Saturday March 14th FAFSA Saturday

  • Check you e-mails and student portal accounts for important messages from  colleges you’ve applied

  • Contact colleges you haven’t heard from to make sure they have your applications and all documents

  • Log on to Naviance for scholarship search

  • Visit the College/Career Center for scholarship search

  • Request letters of recommendations for scholarships from teachers (2 weeks notice)

  • Ask your teacher and counselor to review your scholarship applications & essays



  • March 2nd is priority deadline for FAFSA

  • Bell scholarship Due

  • Admission decision results should have been mailed by end of month

  • Community Service/Internship hours due

  • Continue applying to scholarship

  • Make sure to check your Financial Aid report/ offer letters and turn in any documents that are missing

  • Check your account portal  and e-mail for any documents you still have pending  for the college you plan on attending



  • SRI due to colleges

  • Senior fees due May 22nd

  • Registration due to colleges

  • Make sure to check your e-mails &College portal accounts.

  • If you have not heard from colleges or know the status of your financial aid call ASAP!

  • Make sure to follow all the enrollment steps at your College and register for courses!

Oklahoma State University




  • Take the PSAT test October 14th at CHEC

  • Attend presentations by college representatives when they visit the CHEC in the fall; college visitation schedules are posted on the counseling website and they will be posted on the 1st and 4th floor bulletins and counselors office.

  • Junior/Senior Convocation ceremony in November



  • Think about yourself, your goals, what factors are important to you in the college you plan to attend

  • Discuss colleges with your parents, friends, teachers, etc

  • Read college guides, catalogs, and brochures.

  • Spend time in the College/Career center browsing through all the college material

  • Visit colleges, especially during your spring vacation to get a feel for college life. Take note of what you like and don't like in colleges you visit.

  • Register for ACT, SAT, or SAT Subject tests



  • Begin to explore and research colleges using Naviances and college guidebooks and websites

  • Have a family discussion about factors that may affect your college search, e.g., finances, proximity to home. (Parents, if you are setting any specific parameters, now is the time to share them with your son/daughter!)

  • Make an appointment with your counselor



  • Take the in school SAT  at CHEC

  • Take ACT to see if you want to see how you score compared to SAT

  • Take SAT subject tests if needed

  • Figure out what standardized tests you are going to take and how you are going to prepare for them

  • Continue to explore and research colleges and see what test they require depending on major and College

  • Based on your research, plan to visit colleges over spring break

  • Start making summer plans



  • March 14: SAT test date

  • Continue to explore and research colleges

  • Apply for summer programs/jobs/internships

  • Put yourself on mailing lists of any colleges of interest—most schools have that function online, or you can call, email, or send a letter

  • Decide what Subject Tests to take in May or June and register for them

  • Spring break is a good time to visit colleges both near and far

  • Meet with your counselor



  • Continue to explore and research colleges

  • If you haven't done so already, schedule a meeting with your counselor to discuss your spring break college trip, summer plans, and senior course schedule

  • If you plan to participate in college athletics, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center



  • May 2: SAT/SAT Subject Tests date

  • AP exams

  • Attend college informational meetings in the DC area (If you're on colleges' mailing lists, they'll invite you.)

  • Continue to explore and research colleges

  • Finalize summer plans

  • As you begin to wrap up your junior year, keep all of the papers that you wrote over the year. Some colleges ask for a graded paper as part of the college application, so don't throw any of your work out!



  • June 6: SAT/SAT Subject Test date

  • June 11: ACT Test date

  • End the school year with a tentative college list of 15–2 0 colleges/universities.

  • Relax and recharge

  • Brainstorm ideas for your college essay; "topic of choice" is the most popular essay prompt

  • Visit colleges, begin comparing colleges, and identify what you like and don't like

  • Write or subscribe to colleges/universities for information

  • By the end of the summer, narrow down your choices to a list of about 10–15

Wellesley College



  • NO SCHOOL on October 9th and 12th

  • 8th grade students take the PSAT test October 14th at CHEC

  • 6th and 7th grade college trip on October 14th

  • Parent-Teacher conferences on October 19th

  • ANET 1 October 20-22

  • Portfolio Presentations on October 27th and 28th


  • 8th grade field trip on November 6th

  • NO SCHOOL on November 11th

  • NO SCHOOL on November 26th and 27th


  • My School DC applications due this month!

  • NO SCHOOL on December 4th

  • Winter Break begins on December 21st


  • Welcome Back!

  • NO SCHOOL on January 19th


  • NO SCHOOL on February 12th      and 15th

  • 8th grade NAEP testing      on February 17th

  • NO SCHOOL on February 22nd


  • Spring Break begins on March 28th


  • NO SCHOOL on April 15th


  • NO SCHOOL on May 6th

  • Parent-Teacher conferences on May 23rd

  • Continue to explore and research colleges

  • Finalize summer plans


  • June 15: 8th grade promotion ceremony and dance

  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL is June 16th!


Have a great Summer!


  • Community Service Verification Form

  • Internship Form



We have gathered some of the most useful resources for your college planning process. Please contact your counselor if you have any questions or need additional information.







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