School Counseling Staff

Teri McGuirk PhotoMrs. McGuirk - Registrar/Secretary
Hello, my name is Teri McGuirk, the secretary/registrar for the School Counseling office. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communication Arts from James Madison University. I have worked for Frederick County Public Schools since 1998 as a substitute teacher, kindergarten aide and secretary. I previously worked for James Madison University and the U.S. Air Force. My father was an Army Officer so I have lived in various places in the U.S. as well as Africa and Europe. My family roots, however, are in South Dakota. I am married with two children.


Mrs. Phillips PhotoMrs. Phillips - 7th Grade Counselor
Hi my Name is Denise McKaig-Phillips, the current 7th grade school counselor here at JWMS. I earned my Bachelor of Science from Cazenovia College and a dual Master's Degree of Education in Rehabilitation/School Counseling from Syracuse University. I have worked for Frederick County Public Schools since 2006 at Sherando High School and James Wood Middle School. Before moving to Virginia from Upstate New York in 2006, I worked as a journalist and real estate sales agent before becoming a full time counselor/social worker in 2003. I am married with one son, three daughters, and two step daughters.



Mrs. Headley PhotoMrs. Headley - 6th Grade Counselor
Hello, my name is Rhonda Headley, the current 6th grade school counselor. I earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Mary Washington and a Master's Degree in School Counseling from George Mason University. I have been a middle school counselor at James Wood Middle School since 2006. Before coming to James Wood Middle School, I spent twenty years working with local agencies providing services to needy families and at risk youth. My family is from Winchester. I am married with one daughter.


Mr. Waters PhotoMr. Waters - Lead Counselor/8th Grade Counselor 
Hello, my name is Steve Waters, the current 8th grade counselor. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master's Degree in Counseling from West Virginia University. I have worked for Frederick County Public Schools since 2003 and prior to that I worked as a mental health counselor for over 11 years in West Virginia. I am married with two sons and a goddaughter.
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