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 nine 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 second year working as an Elementary Counselor at AISWest, and her third year working and residing in Egypt. She is originally from Ireland.
Anita Rudd, B.A., M.Ed.
Ms. Anita Rudd - Elementary School Counselor
Anita Rudd is starting her 16th year in education this year. She has a Master in Education - Counseling from Sam Houston State University. She is a certified school counselor for grades K-12. This is her second year at AIS West Campus.
Sherri Piitz B.A., B.Ed., A.Ed.
Ms. Sherri Piitz - Middle School Counselor
Sherri has thirty years experience working as a Classroom Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Assistant Principal and Counselor from KG1 to Grade 12. She has a degree in Child Psychology and specialist qualifications in Guidance and Special Education as well as Principal qualifications. She has worked in Cairo and Barcelona for seven years and is originally from Toronto, Canada. She is also the proud mother of four adult children.
Carrie Guillen M.Ed
Mrs. Carrie Guillen - High School Counselor
Carrie Guillen has over twenty years of experience working with students. She received her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Francisco and earned her California School Counseling credential to work in secondary schools from the University of La Verne.