•  Welcome to Casteel's Counseling Department 

    Casteel High School has received the Recognized American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Model Program (RAMP) designation. The RAMP designation recognizes schools that are committed to delivering an exemplary school counseling program. Honorees are awarded for aligning their program with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, a framework for a data-informed school counseling program. Casteel High School is one of four programs that are currently designated in Arizona.

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    Counselors work with students, parents and staff to ensure student success at Casteel High. Counselors provide developmental and preventative support for student's life-long learning. Counselors will have contact with students throughout the year through a variety of lessons and presentations are tailored to address academic, personal, social and post-high school interests. Students are assigned to counselors based on their last name and grade level.

     How to schedule an appointment with your Counselor:

    Students do not need an appointment to see their counselor before/after school or during their lunch, but keep in mind that counselors may already have appointments scheduled during those times. Parents and students may click here to email Stephanie Waaramaa, Counseling Secretary, to schedule an appointment with the appropriate counselor. Students should not come down during class time to make an appointment or to see a counselor, except in an emergency.

    Stephanie Waaramaa, Secretary to Counseling Department

    (480) 424-8116



- Social Worker

Social Worker
  • She can be reached at 480-424-8192.


Liz Glascom- JH Counselor A-Ki

  • Ms. Glascom was born and raised in Pennsylvania.  She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication. She then attended Grand Canyon University and graduated with a Master’s of Science in Professional Counseling. Ms. Glascom worked in the Child Welfare system, with a focus on foster children, for 8 years before joining Casteel. This is Ms. Glascom's 4th year as a junior high counselor at Casteel. Ms. Glascom loves being a Casteel Colt! She can be reached at 480-424-8343. 

    Email: Liz Glascom

Christy Cunico- JH Counselor KL-Z

Christy Cunico
  • Ms. Cunico was raised in New Mexico and received her Bachelors of Science in Family Studies and her Masters in Counseling at the University of New Mexico.  She has worked for 22 years as a school counselor.  She loves being a Colt and working at Casteel! She can be reached at 480-424-8105.

    Email: Christy Cunico

Hailey Tyler- HS Counselor A-DAV

  • Mrs. Tyler was born and raised in Arizona.  She received her bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in Education with a Minor in Dance. In 2001,  Mrs. Tyler began her teaching career at Higley High School.  Over the last 21 years as a Knight, she has continued educating dancers as the dance director for 15 years and spiritline director for 11 years.  During her coaching career, she also coached the Mesa Community College cheer team for eight years. Mrs. Tyler recently received her Master’s Degree in School Counseling and is excited to be joining the Casteel family.   After many decades using her creativity in the classroom, she is excited to utilize it in providing for the Casteel students. Go Colt’s! 

    Email: Hailey Tyler

Ann Pierson-HS Counselor DAW-HOG

  • Mrs. Pierson was born and raised in Arizona. She attended Arizona State University, where she played softball for four years. She graduated with a BA in Therapeutic Recreation with an emphasis in Mental and Physical Disabilities. She was an assistant softball coach at ASU for seven years before starting the softball program at Grand Canyon University. She was the head coach at GCU for 18 years before retiring from college coaching. During her time at GCU she earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling from Northern Arizona University. This will be her first year at Casteel. 

    Email: Ann Pierson

Rachel O'Brien- HS Counselor HOH-MIK

  • Ms. O’Brien was born and raised in Arizona.  She attended Missouri Southern State University, where she competed in track and field and earned a Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness.  She has worked as Casteel's very first College & Career Specialist for three years before earning her Master’s degree in School Counseling from Ottawa University. This is Ms. O'Brien's 4th year as a high school counselor at Casteel. She can be reached at 480-424-8129.

    Email: Rachel O'Brien

Carrie Shropshire- HS Counselor MIL-SCH

Carrie Shropshire
  • Mrs. Shropshire is in her 19th year as a School Counselor.  She was born and raised in Arizona and attended Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe.  She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Family Studies.  She then attended Arizona State University and graduated with a Masters of Counseling.  She worked for 5 years at Fees Middle School (now named Fees College Preparatory Middle School ) in Tempe and worked 7 years at Payne Jr. High School before becoming a Casteel Colt when the school first opened in 2015. She can be reached at 480-424-8106.

    Email: Carrie Shropshire

Susan Barringer- HS Counselor SCI-Z

  • Ms. Barringer was born and raised just north of New York City. She attended Arizona State University where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Family Studies.  Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Ms. Barringer became a teaching assistant in a local high school, and eventually, a caseworker where she worked with the PINS diversion program for 10 years. Ms. Barringer then went on to attend Mercy College where she received her Master’s degree in School Counseling. She has worked as a counselor for an inner-city school district in upstate New York since 2018. Ms. Barringer is also a decorated Cheerleading Coach. She has been a head Varsity Coach for the past 18 years. As a coach, she led her teams to multiple state and local championships, along with finalist spots at the New York State Championships, UCA, and NCA Nationals. Ms. Barringer is excited that she will be working as a school counselor with Casteel High School and is elated to be working with the Casteel Cheerleading team as the Head JV Coach and the Varsity Assistant Coach.  Ms. Barringer is looking forward to being part of the Casteel family.

    Email: Susan Barringer