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
Kyleen Miller- Social Worker
Ms. Miller was raised in Tucson, Arizona. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development, and a Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University. Ms. Miller worked in the child welfare field for two years before working with vulnerable adults. After discovering that her passion was working with adolescents, Ms. Miller went to work with adolescents in a mental health setting. This is her second year as a Casteel Colt and enjoys working with Casteel students, parents, and staff. She can be reached at 480-424-8192.
Email: Kyleen Miller
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 3rd 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
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 21 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
Jennifer Johnson- HS Counselor A-DAV
Mrs. Johnson was born and raised in the Southwest most of her life. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Journalism. After working in different facets of education, she decided to continue her own education and received a Master's degree in School Counseling from Capella University. Mrs. Johnson has 9 years experience as a school counselor, and has worked with students in junior high as well as high school. She can be reached at 480-424-8117.
Email: Jennifer Johnson
Bruce Ireland-HS Counselor DAW-HOG
Mr. Ireland was born in the Chicago area. After high school he attended John Brown University and earned his B.S.E degree. He then went directly to graduate school at the University of Denver after being offered a teaching assistantship. After earning his M.A. degree, he began his career in education as a junior high teacher. During that time he also coached basketball, softball, and track. After seventeen years teaching, Mr. Ireland earned his second master’s degree in counseling at Governors State University. He worked as a junior high counselor for two years, and then moved on to high school Counseling. Mr. Ireland came to Arizona in 1997 and worked at Chandler High School as a Counselor and Department Chair through the end of the 2020 school year. Mr. Ireland retired from Chandler High at that time after working 44 years in the education field.
Email: Bruce Ireland
Rachel O'Brien- HS Counselor HOL-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 3rd 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
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
Jessica Burt- HS Counselor SCI-Z
Mrs. Burt was born and raised in Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Secondary Education; with a major in Biology and minors in both Chemistry and Psychology. After teaching for five years, she spent ten years as a stay-at-home mom to her four children. While raising her children, she continued her education and earned a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Capella University. This will be Mrs. Burt’s 8th year as a high school counselor. She can be reached at 480-424-8341.
Email: Jessica Burt