Welcome to the AIS West Counseling Department
The AIS West Counseling Department aims to help all students experience educational success by providing a comprehensive counseling program that addresses the academic, career, and personal/social needs of each student. The school counseling department provides guidance and directed assistance to all students through a structured guidance curriculum program, individual and small group counseling, and advocacy. The school counseling department goal is to prepare students to become effective learners, responsible citizens, and productive members of the global community.
The Comprehensive Counseling program at AIS West addresses the students’ academic, career, and personal/social needs.
- Academic: helping students understand his/her learning style and how to plan ways to improve it.
- Career: helping students recognize his/her strengths and weaknesses, and how that relates to planning for the future, including college and career.
- Personal/Social: helping students when personal problems interfere with school success and their goals/aspirations.
What do school counselors do?
School counselors are part of the school’s educational team. We work closely with teachers and administration to help students with academic achievement, personal/social development, and career development.
School counselors work with all students in order to help empower them with self-knowledge, positive interpersonal skills, and coping strategies that they can use throughout their lives.
School counselors work with students through:
- Classroom guidance lessons
- Individual and small group counseling
- Crisis Counseling
- Coordinating & consulting with teachers, administrators, and parents
- Referring to community resources
- Parent workshops and presentations
School counselors can help students with many different issues, including:
- Classroom concerns
- Academic motivation
- Self-concept, personal issues
- Peer and friendship
- Dealing with conflict and crisis
- Other issues that impact school performance
How does a student see the school counselor?
School counselors at AIS West see most students in classroom guidance lessons, but we also see students individually and in small groups.
Students can be referred to a school counselor:
- by parents
- by teachers
- by themselves
- by administrators
Meet the Counselors
Lisa O’Hare, B.A., MA.
Ms. Lisa O'Hare - Elementary School Counselor
Lisa has over ten years work experience in counseling with children and adolescents, their parents, teachers, and other professionals. Lisa received her BA and MA from the United Kingdom. This is her fourth year working as an Elementary Counselor at AISWest, and her fifth year working and residing in Egypt. She is originally from Ireland.
Malak Yassin, B.A., MA.
Ms. Malak Yassin - Elementary School Counselor
Malak is starting her 7th year (6 years as a lower Elementary teacher) at AIS West and her 15th year in elementary education. She received her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Cairo University and a M. Ed. in Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey. She is also completing a second M. Ed in School Counseling from The College of New Jersey . Malak is looking forward to using her experience in education for the AIS West elementary counseling program.
Anita Rudd, B.A., M.ED.
Ms. Anita Rudd - Middle School Counselor
Ms. Anita is starting her 17th year in education. She has worked 16 years in elementary education, including the last two years as one of the elementary counselors at AIS West. Anita received her Masters in Education - Counseling from Sam Houston State University in Texas, USA. Anita holds a teaching certification in PK-4th grade and a counseling certification in K-12th grade. Anita is a member of the American School Counselor Association and the International School Counseling Association. This is her fourth year in Egypt and AIS West.
Fify Kassem, B.A., M.ED.
Ms. Fify Kassem - High School Counselor
Fify worked with students in a variety of settings as a School counselor in Department of Education in New York City. She received her Master of Science in Counseling from Alfred University, NY
Extension in Special Education Certification (The College of Saint Rose, New York, NY)
Master of Science in Counseling (Alfred University)
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Teaching Minor: Psychology, (Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY)