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 students' life-long learning. Counselors will have contact with students throughout the year through a variety of lessons and presentations that 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 the Counseling Department
Hope Williams- Social Worker
Mrs. Williams was born in Arizona and raised in New Mexico. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Arizona State University in 2017. She started her career in social work by working in child welfare for four years. In 2022, she obtained her Master of Social Work from Arizona State University, during which time she interned with a community mental health agency providing therapy to children and adolescents. Mrs. Williams is excited to join the Casteel team!
Email: Hope Williams
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
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
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
Dr. Lili Smith- HS Counselor SCI-Z
Dr. Lili Smith was born and raised in South Carolina. She is an eclectic school counselor who started her career in Mesa Public Schools. She is a National Board Certified Counselor. She attended the University of South Carolina, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. She then attended Concordia University - Portland where she received her Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction. After gaining experience as a teacher, she went to Liberty University where she received her Masters of Education in School Counseling and Doctor of Education in Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology. Dr. Smith looks forward to helping students forge their own path to becoming lifelong learners. This will be her first year at Casteel.
Email: Dr. Lili Smith